In recent years very large, intricate and costly cyclotrons have been constructed to aid scientists in their study of matter, but they had humble beginnings. The creator of the cyclotron, Ernest O. Lawrence, was an academic scientist who combined a natural scientific curiosity with a flair for practical application. He was born in South Dakota in 1901, received his Ph.D. from Yale in 1925 and remained there until he accepted a position at the University of California.
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