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Building on 70+Years of Excellence

More than 70 years of Berkeley Lab’s storied history in computer science, computational science, data science, and mathematics is captured in this timeline, a legacy that even predates the Department of Energy’s inception. Beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, our researchers developed novel computational science techniques that led to the discovery of new particles in Luis Alvarez’s “Bubble Chamber.” They developed mathematical methods that have led to better aircraft and combustion designs, semiconductor processing, and medical imaging, among other breakthroughs. And did you know that one of the world’s first video-conferencing and live-streaming applications – the Multicast Backbone (MBONE) – was invented by Lab researchers in the 1990s? Scroll through the timeline using your mouse. Select stories to read more and to view additional images, videos, and other media.

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