Earnest Orlando Lawrene

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Earnest Orlando Lawrence was born in Canton, South Carolina back in 1901 to Carl and Gunda.  He attended schools at Canton and Pierre, after graduation he enrolled at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.  He received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry in 1922.  He then enrolled at the University of Minnesota receiving his Master of Arts degree in physics in 1923.

He moved to New Haven, Connecticut where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy degree in physics in 1925.  With Jesse Beams from the University of Virginia he continued his research in the photoelectric field.  He was hired as an associate professor of physics and the University of California in 1928, two years later he became a full professor.  After the outbreak of World War II, he was drawn into military projects.  While we all know Oppenheimer and what he had to do with the Manhattan Project, you might add Ernest to that, for in 1939, he invented the cyclotron (a type of particle accelerator) which gave the United States the nuclear particles it needed to produce the atomic bomb. 

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Comments (19)

Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes it takes years to discover all the players and their contribution to the result. Enjoy your day 

Apr 30, 2021 03:26 AM
Raymond Henson, eXp Realty
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

Another very interesting lesson.  Thank you for sharing the story of Earnest Lawrence.

Apr 30, 2021 03:46 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - a name and a history previously unknown to me.  

Apr 30, 2021 04:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Apr 30, 2021 04:21 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

When you brought up military projects, I figured the next step!

The medical profession has to thank him.

Make yourself an awesome day.

Apr 30, 2021 04:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I am not sure what to think about someone that helped develop something that could destroy life as we know it, haha.  Actually, I guess covid has done just that.

Apr 30, 2021 04:46 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... no doubt a very important invention by a man who is not known to most of us.

Apr 30, 2021 05:00 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - there were many that we don't know in that top secret project.

Apr 30, 2021 05:09 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Another very interesting piece of the puzzle that when all put together help make the USA victorious in liberating many nations from communism. Now who is going to rescue us???

Apr 30, 2021 05:21 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning, James,

A wonderful story of a man behind the scene. whose contribution was an integral part. A

Apr 30, 2021 05:22 AM
Bill Salvatore - YVP Blog
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - Valley of the Sun / golfArizona@cox.net

Wow, did not know.  Connected to the Atomic Bomb.   Its Friday!! The weekend is in sight.  Thanks again for the post. Bill Salvatore

Apr 30, 2021 05:51 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! One of those dilemnas - was it a good thing or a bad thing that was invented

Apr 30, 2021 07:12 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Good Morning James and thank you for another great history lesson.  Hope you have a great day!


Apr 30, 2021 08:39 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- all of our history needs to be learned and reread (and of course, not altered.)

Apr 30, 2021 08:48 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Interesting read once again, about someone I've never heard of. Certainly an invention with far reaching consequences.

Apr 30, 2021 10:18 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

The Manhattan project is still a need to know technical achievement. Some people never realized that what they were working on was part of or could be used in that way James..

Apr 30, 2021 10:58 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Very interesting James. I know about the Manhatten Project just not the players involved. Thanks for filling in some of the missing pieces.

Apr 30, 2021 02:00 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I knew most of the key players of the Manhattan Project but not this one... look forward to your post when you write about the Hungarian guy:))Endre

Apr 30, 2021 09:08 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Saturday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have a lovely weekend.

May 01, 2021 12:40 AM