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Centennial of Luis Alvarez Celebrated by American Physical Society

On May 3, 2011, the 100th birthday of renowned physicist Luis Alvarez, winner of the 1968 Nobel Prize for his work in particle physics at the Bevatron and known worldwide for his codiscovery that the dinosaurs were wiped out by an asteroid, was celebrated by the American Physical Society’s Forum on the History of Physics with invited reminiscences from three physicists who worked with him closely during his career at Berkeley Lab: Richard Muller, Moishe Pripstein, and Arthur Rosenfeld.

Tributes to Albert Ghiorso

Albert Ghiorso, who died December 26, 2010, at the age of 95, was not only one of the world’s most extraordinary nuclear scientists, his career helped shaped Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory during the middle decades of the 20th century. Many of those who knew him best describe his unique character and recall some of the high points and setbacks of his life and work.

In Memorian, Albert Ghiorso, 1915-2010

Albert Ghiorso, lifelong nuclear scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the co-discoverer of twelve chemical elements, more than anyone else in history, died December 26, 2010, at the age of 95.

In Memoriam: Gerson Goldhaber, renowned physicist

Gerson Goldhaber, an award-winning physicist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the University of California Berkeley, who played key roles in discoveries that spanned more than five decades, passed away July 19, 2010.

Guerrilla Tactics for Human Rights

Morris (Moishe) Pripstein shares this year’s Andrei Sakharov Prize recognizing outstanding leadership in upholding human rights. He was honored at a special session of the American Physical Society in Washington, D.C. on February 15, 2010. Pripstein’s remarks on receiving the award are introduced and made available here.

Alvarez Theory on Dinosaur Die-Out Upheld: Experts Find Asteroid Guilty of Killing the Dinosaurs

An international panel of experts has ruled in favor of the theory proposed in 1980 by the late Berkeley Lab physicist Luis Alvarez and his son Walter, a UC Berkeley geologist, that a large asteroid struck the earth 65 million years ago, triggering the extinction of the dinosaurs.

The Energy Problem: What the Helios Project Can Do About It