From Ernest Lawrence’s first design of the cyclotron in 1931 and his brother John’s launching of nuclear medicine in 1937, to Jay Keasling’s creation of an affordable malaria drug in 2006 and Jennifer Doudna’s discovery of CRISPR technology in 2012, Lab researchers have played an important part of UC Berkeley’s 150-year history. Go here to view a full timeline of milestones.
In 1929, a young Ernest Lawrence made a discovery that would change his life, the course of history, and the 20th century. His development of the cyclotron — the particle accelerator that ushered in the atomic age — is the topic of an episode of “One Bold Idea,” a six-part podcast that explores pivotal moments in California history that have shaped the world. More>
As part of Women’s History Month, DOE is focusing on the women behind the Manhattan Project. This installment features five facts about Blanche Lawrence, a biochemist and one of the few African-American women scientists of her day. More>
As part of Women’s History Month, DOE is focusing on the women behind the Manhattan Project. The first installment features five facts about Lilli Hornig, a chemist who studied plutonium and chemistry. More>
Two of NERSC’s supercomputers, Hopper and Cori, were named after pioneering and inspiring women in science. Grace Hopper, a Navy rear admiral, was at the forefront of computer programming. Biochemist Gerty Cori was the first American woman to win a Nobel Prize. Two other systems, no longer in service, were also named for women: Marie Curie and Laura Bassi.
UC Berkeley’s first woman chemist, Agnes Fay Morgan, arrived in 1915, though she was assigned to the Home Economics Department. It would be another 63 years before Judith Klinman would be hired into the College of Chemistry (1978), followed in 1984 by Lab nuclear chemist Darleane Hoffman, who helped confirm the existence of Seaborgium. More>
February is Black History Month. Today we celebrate James Harris, a Berkeley Lab scientist and the first African American to play a key role in the search for new elements. He is credited with helping to discover rutherfordium and dubnium. To learn more about Harris, go here, or see recent Berkeley Lab posts on Twitter and Facebook.
In 1868, the University of California was founded in Oakland, after the Organic Act was signed into law. Now, 150 years later, the university, which manages Berkeley Lab for the Department of Energy, conducts one-tenth of all academic research in the nation and is one of the premier educational systems in the world. A timeline has been created to chart this historical path. More>
Over 750 employees participated in the Runaround on Nov. 17. The female winner was Jennifer Doyle (Engineering), the male winner was Harmen Hoek (Chemical Sciences), and the T-shirt design winner was Rebecca Hartman-Baker (NERSC). Organizers include Anytra Henderson, Steve Derenzo, Chris Debernardi, and Bob Smith, with help from volunteers. View an Exposure feature on the race.
Physicists have used muon detectors to reveal a large, previously unidentified chamber inside the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt. The group would next like to scan the country’s second largest pyramid, known as Khafre’s pyramid. In the 1960s, Lab researcher Luis Alvarez used muon imaging to scan this pyramid. He found nothing, but the technology has improved since then. More>