BOTH ERNEST RUTHERFORD and Ernest Lawrence led great laboratories and inspired the physicists who worked in them. Rutherford was personally involved in almost all of the work at the Cavendish Laboratory, dominating the laboratory by his sheer greatness as a physicist and providing for his colleagues only the barest minimum of equipment. Lawrence, on the other hand, created at the Radiation Laboratory, the first of the very large laboratories in which massive and expensive equipment was designed, built and used for investigations into basic problems in physics in which he played little part, personally. After the discovery and successful development of the cyclotron at his laboratory, Lawrence enthusiastically offered his assistance in the construction of cyclotrons at laboratories elsewhere.
The two Ernests—II
Mark L. Oliphant; The two Ernests—II. Physics Today 1 October 1966; 19 (10): 41–51. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3047765
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