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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Great story on the founding of LLNL.

Great story on the founding of LLNL.

"Study Recounts Early, Difficult Years Of Lawrence Livermore National Lab" - The Independent. Friday, August 23, 2013. By Jeff Garberson

I am struck by this, and how its compares today to life at the Lab....

"Guided by Lawrence’s legacy from the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, Livermore staff were young experimentalists who shifted fluidly between groups as jobs required. They lacked job titles for the most part – even York, who led the Livermore site, did not receive the title of Director until Lawrence suggested it offhandedly in 1954.

Most important, perhaps, Lawrence was always upbeat and looking to the future. He would not allow gloom or despondency. Even after the third failed nuclear test, he showed up at the Livermore site and told the young scientists not to despair but to ask what they could learn from the failures."


Anonymous said...

So why do we still need both labs?

Anonymous said...

As long as we're talking fantasies, I'd like to see LLNL go to BES, maybe attached to Berkeley, may not, and placed under UC control. It could function as a west coast Oak Ridge. Part of the lab is already trying to act this way.
What kind of productivity metrics would be enforced? Heads would roll...
However, it would work geographically and probably be more palatable to CA politicians.

Anonymous said...

LANL has the facilities and means, LLNL has the brains and credibility.

Chose one.

Anonymous said...

The NIF and D2 EOS fiascos aren't good for LLNL credibility.

Anonymous said...

Good to see that the Bitter EOS Troll is still with us.

"There's a good story on the founding of LLNL. But I haven't spouted off about EOS in the last hour, so I'll randomly complain about that."

Give us your address and we'll send you a plastic trophy thanking you for your contributions to scientific progress. Maybe that'll fill the void in your life.

Otherwise, get a life.

Anonymous said...

Give the square mile back to the Navy and site 300 back to the cows.

Anonymous said...

Be careful what you ask for. It was the Navy that put all the TCE in the ground water.

(And cows make global warming)

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