Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL) recently released an open access archive of online photos. The archive contains more than 70,000 photos documenting some of the most profound moments of the Lab’s history (as well as some of the more mundane). So let’s take a moment to explore some of our National Lab’s history and to appreciate the scientific legacy of our predecessors.

The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was founded by Ernest Lawrence, who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for inventing the cyclotron. That’s right: the Bevatron, the Large Hadron Collider—they’re all the legacy children of Ernest Lawrence’s work. The element lawrencium (Lr) was discovered here at LBNL and named in the Lab’s honor. In fact, you could attribute a rather substantial amount of the periodic table to Ernest Lawrence and what he started here.

Take seaborgium (Sg), for example. Element 106 was discovered by Albert Ghiorso and E. Kenneth Hulet in 1974, here at LBNL. They named their discovery in honor of Glenn Seaborg—UC Berkeley professor, chancellor, and winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Seaborg received the prize in honor of his part in discovering the following elements: plutonium (Pu), americium (Am), curium (Cm), berkelium (Bk), californium (Cf), einsteinium (Es), fermium (Fm), mendelevium (Md), and nobelium (No).
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