Happy 75th anniversary to the first Nobel to UC Berkeley faculty!


75 years ago (on February 29th, but close enough?), the Nobel Prize for Physics was presented to Ernest O. Lawrence for inventing Berkeley's famed cyclotron. (Yes, the very same Lawrence who's the namesake of the Livermore and Berkeley National Labs, lawrencium, and the Lawrence Hall of Science.) This feat was notable for being the first scientific Nobel awarded to a public institution and the first of 22 Nobel prizes won by faculty members of UC Berkeley. (For the record, the first Nobel awarded to anyone affiliated with UC Berkeley was alumnus Harold Urey in Chemistry, who beat Lawrence by five years.)

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