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Hispanic Heritage Month: A Spotlight on Luis Alvarez and LANA ERG

Luis Alvarez (left) with his Bubble Chamber in 1958

Lab scientist Luis Alvarez won the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physics for for his discovery of “resonance states” within the nucleus of an atom, made possible by using hydrogen bubble chambers and data analysis. He was also known for his theory that the mass extinction of dinosaurs was caused by an asteroid or comet colliding with Earth, research he conducted with his son Walter. He also used cosmic rays to search for hidden chambers in an Egyptian pyramid.

Alvarez is one of many scientists who share a Hispanic background. His tradition of excellence at the Lab continues through LANA, (Latinx and Native Americans Association), one of the Lab’s Employee Resource Groups. If you are interested in joining, contact Rosa Rodriguez-Flores or Neli Lopez. Another way to get involved is through the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, with the Lab’s own Robin López featured on the website.