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Images from Eight Decades: the 1980s

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In 1988 Yuan Lee became Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory’s ninth Nobel laureate, winning a share of the prize in chemistry for his “crossed molecular beams” research.  During the 1980s, the Lab under its fourth director, David Shirley, the first non-physicist, opened the National Center for Electron Microscopy (NCEM), home to the world’s most powerful electron microscopes, launched the Center for Advanced Materials, invented the segmented mirror for the Keck Ten Meter Telescope, collaborated with the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center on the Positron-Electron Project, a matter-antimatter collider used to create and study new types of quarks, and broke new ground in Positron Emission Tomography studies of the brain.