Los Alamos chemists say Glenn Seaborg, the discoverer of Plutonium, facetiously suggested the abbreviation for the Periodic Table be Pu, like a child would exclaim “pee-yoo” when smelling something bad. Seaborg’s son Dave corroborated the story. More>
A recent episode of KQED’s Quest program looked at the Bay Area’s role in the development of particle accelerators and how they paved the way for the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The broadcast included interviews with Michael Barnett of the Physics Division and Larry Phair of the Nuclear Science Division. More>
The end of the Cold War and the cancellation of the Superconducting Super Collider led to the creation of this life-saving medical device. Berkeley Lab’s Steve Holland and William Moses were an integral part of that development. More>
Californium, a radioactive element discovered at Berkeley Lab in 1950, has most often been used in metal detectors, but a researcher at Florida State University has discovered new properties of the heavy metal that could someday help the U.S. store and recycle its spent nuclear fuel. More>
Famed breast cancer researcher Mina Bissell at the new Tissue Culture Facility in 1972.
On Feb. 29, 1940, hundreds gathered in UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Auditorium to see Ernest Lawrence receive his Nobel Prize medal in person by the Swedish Counsel General. The rare ceremony outside Sweden took place because of wartime travel disruptions.
A tiny pinch of plutonium appears to be the first weighted sample of Pu-239 ever created by the element’s discoverer, Berkeley Lab great Glenn Seaborg, in August of 1942. More>
Co-discoverers of the chemical element Lawrencium (Lw, now Lr) inscribe their newest chemical discovery onto the periodic table. Lawrencium was named in honor of Ernest Lawrence. This 1961 photo included (l-r) Robert Latimer, Albert Ghiorso, Torbjorn Sikkeland, and Almon Larsh.
October is typically prime fire season in the dry hills of Berkeley, and our onsite firefighters are ready for battle, should flames arise. Things were no different 64 years ago, as this photo taken on Oct. 21, 1950, shows.
Nobelist Emilio Segrè’s Wham-O “Pluto Platters” were recently rediscovered at the Lab. He and fellow Nobel-prize winner Owen Chamberlain often threw the discs to relax between experiments. The Pluto Platter was designed to appeal to UFO crazed Americans in the 1950s. Go here to watch a video of the Frisbee flying once more.