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Image title: 
Milton White standing by the 60-inch cyclotron at the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory
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Science Service, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, courtesy of AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives, Fermi Film Collection

Photograph shows the 'east' side of the 60-inch cyclotron in the University of California's Lawrence Radiation Laboratory, Berkeley, in August, 1939, about 10 weeks after it began operating. Dr. Milton G. White, then a graduate student and now a professor of physics at Princeton University, is shown in the photograph. Professor White took part in the first confirmation in this country, using an earlier cyclotron, of the disintegration of lithium, originally achieved by English scientists Cockroft and Walton. Behind White is some of the equipment with which Luis Alvarez and Robert Cornog discovered helium 3. The paint cans at left are piled in front of the control room to control radiation at that point. Later the machine was surrounded by thick tanks of water for the same purpose. The photograph was taken by Dr. Donald Cooksey, assoicate director of the Laboratory, ermitus. This cyclotron was dismantled in 1962, and the magnet was sent to the Davis campus of the University for use in a modern cyclotron.

Original format: 
3 photographic prints (black and white; 10 x 8 inches and 7 x 5 inches)
White, Milton Grandison, 1910-1979