'Wholly evil:' UM alum not a fan of the atomic bomb he helped develop

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Richard Field, a chemistry professor emeritus at the University of Montana, stands next to a sign that recognizes the work of Harold Urey on the UM campus Tuesday. Urey taught chemistry at UM and won a Noble Prize in 1934 for work that led to the development of the atomic bomb, which Urey later said was “wholly evil.”

TOM BAUER Missoulian

Missoula first noticed Harold Urey in May of 1915, when the State University announced the winners of the annual C.A. Duniway Scholarship Books.

Urey, a 22-year-old freshman from Indiana by way of a mining camp in the Gallatin Mountains, received the biology award. 

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