The Karlsruhe Nuclide Map turns 65

WKS Fulfillment GmbH

The Karlsruhe Nuclide Map was first published in 1958 by German radiochemists Walter Seelmann-Eggebert and Gerda Pfennig. At that time, nuclear physics was still a fairly young field of research, and there were a large number of nuclides to study.

The two scientists developed the idea of summarizing all known nuclides in a concise presentation to provide a quick and comprehensive overview of their properties. After years of research and data collection, they finally published the first edition of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Map.

In the following decades, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Map was continuously updated with new data and expanded to meet the ever-growing demand for information in the field of nuclear physics and nuclear medicine.

 In 2022, the 11th revised edition of the nuclide map was published with an accompanying booklet - in cooperation with Nucleonica GmbH and the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.  Dr. Joseph Magill and Raymond Dreher, Nucleonica GmbH, and Dr. Zsolt Soti, European Commission, were in charge of this project. 

Today, the Karlsruhe Nuclide Map is an important standard work and is used by scientists and engineers all over the world. Whether for research, teaching, or practical applications, the nuclide map is indispensable for anyone involved in nuclear physics, nuclear medicine, or radiation protection. 

The 65th anniversary of the Karlsruhe Nuclide Map is therefore not only a cause for celebration, but also an important milestone in the history of nuclear physics and nuclear medicine. We are proud that the Karlsruhe Nuclide Map has been an important part of the international scientific community for so many years, and we look forward to continuing to contribute to the advancement of these exciting fields of research in the future.