The Nobel Prize in Physics 1939 was awarded to Ernest Orlando Lawrence “for the invention and development of the cyclotron and for results obtained with it, especially with regard to artificial radioactive elements.”
“Ernest Orlando Lawrence discovery of cyclotron is to nuclear science what Galileo’s telescope was to astronomy … his buoyant optimism spread to everyone around him and accounted for the attainment of many an ‘impossible’ objective.”
GLENN SEABORG ( Nobel Prize in Chemistry Winner 1951 }
I am mindful that scientific achievement is rooted in the past, is cultivated to full stature by many contemporaries and flourishes only in favorable environment. No individual is alone responsible for a single stepping stone along the path of progress, and where the path is smooth progress is most rapid. In my own work this has been particularly true.
— Ernest Orlando Lawrence ( Nobel Prize banquet speech (29 Feb 1940) )
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