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24 January 2007
 
World War II: The chemist who hid (Nobel Prize) gold from the Nazis.

I happened to do a bit of extra reading related to nitric acid - mainly because of the looney quote I mentioned earlier - and looked up aqua regia, which is made partly from nitric acid.

I then found this little bit of history, mixed into the otherwise mainly technical article on aqua regia on Wikipedia:
"When Germany invaded Denmark in World War II, the Hungarian chemist George de Hevesy dissolved the gold Nobel Prizes of Max von Laue and James Franck into aqua regia to prevent the Nazis from stealing them. He placed the resulting solution on a shelf in his laboratory at the Niels Bohr Institute. After the war, he returned to find the solution undisturbed and precipitated the gold out of the acid. The gold was returned to the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences and the Nobel Foundation presented new medals to Laue and Franck. This is currently on display in the London museum."
I've heard of eccentric, ingenius plans.. but this one's off the Richter scale!

I think he (the chemist who saved the gold) should've gotten a medal, too.
 
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