Darleane C. Hoffman

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Darleane C. Hoffman
Darleane C. Hoffman 2012 CHF Oral History 2 crop.png
Born (1926-11-08)November 8, 1926
Terril, Iowa
Residence U.S.
Nationality United States
Fields Nuclear chemistry
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater Iowa State University

Darleane C. Hoffman (born November 8, 1926) is an American nuclear chemist who was among the researchers who confirmed the existence of Seaborgium, element 106. She is a faculty senior scientist in the Nuclear Science Division of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and a professor in the graduate school at UC Berkeley.[1]

Early life and education

Darleane Christian was born at home in the small town of Terril, Iowa, daughter of Carl B. and Elverna Clute Christian.[2] Her father was a mathematics teacher and superintendent of schools; her mother wrote and directed plays. When Darleane Christian was a freshman in college at Iowa State University, she took a required chemistry course taught by Nellie May Naylor,[3] and decided to pursue further study in that field.[4] She received her B. S. (1948) and Ph. D. (1951) degrees in chemistry (nuclear) from Iowa State University.


Darleane C. Hoffman was a chemist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory for a year and then joined her husband at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory where she began as a staff member in 1953. She became Division Leader of the Chemistry and Nuclear Chemistry Division (Isotope and Nuclear Chemistry Division) in 1979. She left Los Alamos in 1984 to accept appointments as tenured professor in the Department of Chemistry at UC-Berkeley and Leader of the Heavy Element Nuclear & Radiochemistry Group at LBNL. Additionally, she helped found the Seaborg Institute for Transactinium Science at LLNL in 1991 and became its first Director, serving until 1996 when she "retired" to become Senior Advisor and Charter Director.[5]

Personal life

Right after finishing her doctoral work, Darleane Christian married Marvin M. Hoffman, a physicist.[4] The Hoffmans had two children, Maureane and Daryl, both born at Los Alamos.[6]



  1. Darleane Hoffman, Harold Johnston to Receive National Medal of Science
  2. "Elverna E. Christian," Plaza of Heroines, Iowa State University
  3. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  5. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.
  6. Darleane (Christian) Hoffman bio page, Cyclotron Institute, Texas A&M University
  7. Lua error in package.lua at line 80: module 'strict' not found.

External links