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Lawrence, Ernest Orlando (1901–1958)

Ernest Lawrence
American physicist who in 1929 conceived and in 1931, with colleagues, built the first cyclotron at the University of California at Berkeley. Lawrence went on to develop larger cyclotrons, capable of operating at higher energies, and his work in this area earned him the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics. The element lawrencium was named after him, as was the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory.

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