Since Berkeley Lab's founding, 13 Lab researchers have been awarded the Nobel Prize. The links below take you to the laureates' acceptance speeches and their biographies.
Ernest Orlando Lawrence
Ernest Orlando Lawrence, founder of the Berkeley Lab, for "the invention and development of the cyclotron, and for the results thereby attained, especially with regard to artificial radioelements."
Glenn T. Seaborg
Glenn T. Seaborg, with Edwin M. McMillan for "their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranic elements."
Edwin M. McMillan
Edwin M. McMillan, former Director of the Berkeley Lab, with Glenn T. Seaborg for "their discoveries in the chemistry of the transuranic elements."
Owen Chamberlain, with Emilio Segre, for "their discovery of the antiproton."
Emilio G. Segrè
Emilio G. Segrè, Physics Division, with Owen Chamberlain, for "their discovery of the antiproton."
Donald A. Glaser
Donald A. Glaser, Physics Division, for "the invention of the bubble chamber."
Melvin Calvin, for "his establishment of a sequence of chemical reactions involved when a plant assimilates carbon dioxide."
Luis W. Alvarez
Luis W. Alvarez, "for decisive contributions to elementary particle physics ... through the development of the technique of using the hydrogen bubble chamber and data analysis."
Yuan T. Lee, "for contributions to the development of a new field of research chemistry -- reaction dynamics."
Steven Chu, director of Berkeley Lab, for "development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light."
George F. Smoot III
George F. Smoot III, with John C. Mather of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, "for their discovery of the blackbody form and anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation."
2007: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) with Albert Gore
"for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about man-made climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change"
Saul Perlmutter, with Brian P. Schmidt and Adam G. Riess, "for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae".