Introduction: Seaborg comes to Berkeley

Thank you very much, Darleane [Hoffman], for a very fine introduction. I've been asked to talk about the first three decades of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. I notice they left the "Lawrence" off of here somehow. [Referring to the logo plaque on the front of the lectern.] In the course of that I will spill over a little bit in order to finish some of the things I'm talking about and go a little bit beyond the first three decades.

Ernest Lawrence about the time he came to the University of California at Berkeley, August 1931.

I'm going to use a large number of slides because I didn't know what to omit. So I'm going to go pretty fast in some of the slides. I thought I would rather say a little bit about a lot of of things than a lot about a few things and then leave out a number of things, so I'm going to have to move pretty fast.

I'm going to begin with a picture of Ernest Lawrence taken in the earliest days. He came to Berkeley in 1928 and invented the Cyclotron in 1929. Actually, I became . . . as Darleane has indicated, I did my undergraduate work at UCLA and I became acquainted with the work here at Berkeley in a course in atomic physics that I took from a professor called John Adams, who was a descendent of the second President of the United States, and he told us about the invention of the cyclotron at Berkeley, the discovery of artificial radioactivity early in 1934.

I took this course after I had graduated from UCLA in February 1934, and he told us about the discovery of the neutron and of deuterium in 1932, and so forth. This increased my resolve to go to Berkeley and do my graduate work.Here are some of the notes taken from my notebook as I took that course in 1934.
Notes from an atomic physics course taught by Dr. Adams at UCLA in 1934. Report on Ernest O. Lawrence's experiments, dated 4/6/34