Hungarian-born Swedish chemist, discoverer of the element hafnium. He was the first to use a radioactive isotope (see radioactivity) to follow the steps of a biological process, for which he won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1943.
Hevesy was born in Budapest and educated in Germany, Switzerland, and
the UK, studying at Manchester under nuclear-physics pioneer Ernest
Rutherford 1911. He worked in Copenhagen at the Institute of Physics
under Niels Bohr 1920-26 and 1934-43. During the German occupation of
Denmark in World War II, Hevesy escaped to Sweden and became professor
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