Included are the personal papers of Ernest Lawrence, administrative records for the University of California Radiation Laboratory,
the Joseph C. Hamilton papers dealing with the Crocker Radiation Laboratory, and some papers of Lawrence's close associate,
The papers relate primarily to the Radiation Laboratory, University of California; relations with the Office of Scientific
Research and Development and the Atomic Energy Commission; development of cyclotron technology and establishment of cyclotrons
at other institutions, etc.
Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Nobel prizewinning physicist, inventor of the cyclotron and the founder and first director of the
University of California Radiation Laboratory, was born on August 8, 1901 in Canton, South Dakota. His parents Carl Gustavus
and Gunda Jacobson Lawrence were the children of Norwegian immigrants. Ernest Lawrence attended St. Olaf College and later
the University of South Dakota, where he received his A.B. degree in 1922. He had originally thought to become a medical doctor,
but was influenced to switch to a career in physics while attending the University.
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Number of microfilm reels: 79
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