AUTHORBrode, Wallace R.
TITLELyman J. Briggs: Recognition of His Eightieth Birthday, May 7, 1954
PERIODICAL TITLEThe Scientific Monthly
DATE PUBLISHED7 May 1954
VOLUME NUMBER78
ISSUE NUMBER5
PAGE NUMBERS269-274
ISSN0096-3771


This 1954 article commemorates the 80th birthday of Lyman J. Briggs, the former Director of the U.S. National Bureau of Standards and member of the Uranium Committee, a research group involved in nuclear technology prior to the creation of the first atomic bomb. The article discusses Briggs’ many scientific achievements and chronicles the time span from his graduate studies in the late 1890s to his work in aeronautics during the 1940s. Substantial attention is given to his contributions during World War II, when he was part of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt’s secret committee to study uranium fission, which was replaced by the S-1 Committee. As well as providing a profile of Briggs, a prolific member of the scientific community for over fifty years, the article also offers insight into the scientific and political atmosphere of the 1930s and 1940s. It contains a list of principal publications by Briggs.


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