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Did You Know? A Bit of Lab History Trivia

Calvin Road, the street that borders the eastern edge of Lab, was named after Melvin Calvin, a Nobel laureate who discovered “dark” photosynthetic reactions that convert carbon dioxide and other compounds into glucose (aka “The Calvin Cycle). Time Magazine dubbed him “Mr. Photosynthesis.” He was also appointed to President Kennedy’s Science Advisory Committee. More>


  1. But there is more LBL history here. Calvin’s work was based on the use of carbon-14, which was discovered at the Lab. “Carbon-14 was discovered on February 27, 1940, by Martin Kamen and Sam Ruben at the University of California Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California.”