The Maverick Israeli Scientist Who Nearly Discovered the Island of Stability

Amnon Marinov was a maverick scientist working in the crossover field of nuclear physics and chemistry. His unorthodox methods led the scientific community to overlook his work and dismiss what he argued were his greatest achievements: the discovery of two new elements.

Amnon Marinov spent most of 1970 in the Rutherford High Energy Laboratory, near Oxford, England. He holed up there night and day, arriving home at ungodly hours in a nearby town on the banks of the Thames ‏(where he lived with his wife and four children‏). Then, one night, it happened: Marinov became convinced he had discovered a new chemical element for the periodic table: No. 112.