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80 Years of Excellence in Science
by Kate Bannan on Thu, 1 Sep, 2011

Congratulations to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory(Berkeley Lab) as they celebrated their 80th anniversary on August 26. 

Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratorysystem supported by the U.S. Department of Energythrough its Office of Science.  Berkeley Lab is an incubator for ideas, innovations and products that help society and explain how the universe works;  Their unclassified research portfolio includes renewable energy sources such as biofuels and artificial photosynthesis; energy efficiency at home, at work, and around the world; the ability to observe, probe, and assemble materials atom by atom; climate change research, environmental science and the growing connections between them; the chemistry and physics of matter and force in the universe — from the infinite to the infinitesimal; computational science and advanced networking to enable discovery and remote collaborations; and biological sciences for human health and energy research.

Berkeley Lab is highly respected for bringing science solutions to the world.  Lab employees have been recognized as leaders in their fields, including:

·         The Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 12 Nobel prizes

·         Fifty-seven Lab scientists are members of the National Academy of Sciences

·         Thirteen scientists have won the National Medal of Science

·         Eighteen of the laboratory’s engineers were elected to the National Academy of Engineering

·         Three of the Lab’s scientists were elected into the Institute of Medicine, and

·         Berkeley Lab has trained thousands of university science and engineering students who are advancing technological innovations across the nation and around the world

Berkeley Lab was founded in 1931 by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, a University of California Berkeley physicist who won the 1939 Nobel Prize in physics for his invention of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator that opened the door to high-energy physics. It was Lawrence’s belief that scientific research is best done through teams of individuals with different fields of expertise, working together. His teamwork concept is a Berkeley Lab legacy that continues today.

You can find out more about Berkeley Lab’s scientific achievements and prize-winning scientists by using Science Accelerator, a gateway to science that allows users to search collections of DOE research results to find out about ongoing research projects, explore significant DOE discoveries, learn about DOE Nobel Prize Winners, access and search scientific e-prints, locate science conference papers and proceedings, and more.

Happy Anniversary, Berkeley Lab! 

Other Related Topics: Berkeley, Nobel Prize, office of science

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Kate Bannan
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Kate Bannan is a Communications and Outreach Specialist for the Department of Energy’s Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) She develops and implements strategic communications and outreach programs to build awareness of OSTI, its programs and initiatives.