AUTHORChilds, Herbert
TITLEAn American Genius: The Life of Ernest Orlando Lawrence, Father of the Cyclotron
PUBLISHERE.P. Dutton & Co., Inc.
CITYNew York, NY
DATE PUBLISHED1968
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This comprehensive biography of Ernest Lawrence, an American pioneer of physics, describes the life of the man who built the world’s first cyclotron and won the Nobel Prize in Physics while still in his thirties. This book begins with his boyhood and adolescence in South Dakota, continues with his study at that state’s university, and moves to his appointment to a full professorship at University of California Berkeley. It covers his time at the Radiation Laboratory at Berkeley and his contributions to the Manhattan Project. His relationships and associations with Oppenheimer, Bohr, Fermi, and others are depicted. The book closes with a reflection on Lawrence’s influence on American physics research. The book is meticulously researched and fluidly written.


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