“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Berkeley in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)

Gilman Hall

University of California


—Berkeley, California, 1916-1917 —

Gilman Hall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 7, 2008
1. Gilman Hall Marker
Inscription. Gilman Hall was built in 1916-17 to accomodate an expanded College of Chemistry under the leadership of Gilbert Newton Lewis. This building provided research laboratories and teaching facilities for faculty and students specializing in physical, inorganic, and nuclear chemistry. Work here by G. N. Lewis and K. S. Pitzer helped advance the field of chemical thermodynamics and molecular structure. Research performed in Gilman Hall has resulted in two Nobel Prizes: to William F. Giauque in 1949 for his studies on the behavior of substances at extremely low tempuratures, and to Glenn T. Seaborg in 1951 for discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranium elements. Four other individuals who did research here subsequently received Nobel Prizes.

American Chemical Society November 20, 1997
Erected 1997 by American Chemical Society.
Location. 37° 52.35′ N, 122° 15.368′ W. Marker is in Berkeley, California, in Alameda County. Touch for map. Gilman Hall is located on the east side of the Berkeley Campus. Driving is not recommended due to the difficulty in parking. Perhaps the easiest way to find Gilman Hall is to enter through the campus' East Gate (off of Gayley Road), and proceed down University Drive
Gilman Hall (Eastern Side) image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, December 7, 2008
2. Gilman Hall (Eastern Side)
to the Hearst Mining Circle. A group of chemistry buildings will be on the left. Proceed between Tan and Campbell Halls, and Gilman Hall will be the second building on the left. Marker is in this post office area: Berkeley CA 94720, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Annie's Oak" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Allenoke Manor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Benjamin Ide Wheeler House and Garden (approx. 0.4 miles away); Daley’s Scenic Park Street Improvenents (approx. 0.4 miles away); Orchard Lane (approx. 0.4 miles away); Jensen House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Panoramic Hill (approx. 0.4 miles away); Berkeley Piano Club (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Berkeley.
More about this marker. The marker is to on the right side of the door on the eastern (back) side of the building on the upper plaza level.
Regarding Gilman Hall. Designed by John Galen Howard, Gilman Hall was named in honor of Daniel Coit Gilman, President of the University of California, 1872-1875. Gilman Hall is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The building is best known for Room 307, the room in which Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues identified plutonium in 1941. The room was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. The building currently houses the Department of Chemical Engineering.
Also see . . .
1. U.C. Berkeley Campus Map. Map to aid in finding Gilman Hall. (Submitted on February 4, 2009.) 

2. Wikipedia Gilman Hall Article. A short article on Gilman Hall and its history. (Submitted on February 4, 2009.) 

3. National Park Service Article on Room 307. Provides a more extended history of Room 307 and its role in World War II. (Submitted on February 4, 2009.) 

4. Gilman Hall on the UC Berkeley campus is now an official National Historic Chemical Landmark. The U.C. Berkeley Public Information Office press release of 11/21/97 detailing the naming of Gilman Hall as a National Historic Chemical Landmark. (Submitted on February 4, 2009.) 

5. An Early History Of LBNL by Dr. Glenn T. Seaborg. Text of a historical talk given by Glenn Seaborg on the history of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Includes pictures of Seaborg and Room 307. (Submitted on February 4, 2009.) 
Additional keywords. Plutonium; Manhattan Project
Categories. Notable BuildingsScience & Medicine
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 4, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 1,925 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 4, 2009, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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