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Guide to the Ernest O. Lawrence Papers, [ca. 1920-1968]
BANC MSS 72/117 c  
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Description
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, Donald Cooksey.

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.
Background
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.
Extent
Number of containers: 48 cartons, 12 oversize folders Number of microfilm reels: 79
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.
Availability
RESTRICTED ORIGINALS. USE MICROFILM COPY ONLY WITH CALL NUMBER BANC FILM 2248. Use of originals only by permission of the appropriate curator. Inquiries concerning these materials should be directed, in writing, to the Head of Public Services, The Bancroft Library.