Following the Path of Carbon in Photosynthesis: At the suggestion of E. O. Lawrence, then Director of UC Berkeley’s Radiation Laboratory (predecessor of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), 70 years ago Melvin Calvin began his historical research about carbon dioxide assimilation in plants. The result was a series of more than 20 publications, from 1948 through his Nobel Lecture in 1961, about unraveling the secrets of photosynthesis — the process by which green plants convert sunlight energy into chemical energy. Calvin's work in deciphering the role of carbon in photosynthesis led to a lifelong interest in adapting photosynthetic techniques for energy production. More Information  

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Welcome to the Department of Energy (DOE) Research and Development (R&D) Accomplishments, a central forum for information about the outcomes of past DOE R&D that

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Remarkable advances in science are widely recognized when they lead to the Nobel Prize or the Enrico Fermi Award. Research and development accomplishments are exemplified by over one hundred ten (110) Nobel Laureates associated with the Department of Energy and/or predecessor agencies and by sixty (60) Enrico Fermi Award winners. DOE R&D Accomplishments provides information about these Nobel Laureates, the Enrico Fermi Laureates, and their outstanding achievements.

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