Lyman Briggs, US physicist

Lyman Briggs, US physicist

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Credit: EMILIO SEGRE VISUAL ARCHIVES/AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF PHYSICS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Caption: Lyman James Briggs (1874-1963), US physicist and engineer. Briggs studied both physics and agriculture, obtaining a masters degree in physics (1895) and a doctorate in agriculture (1903). He worked for the US Department of Agriculture from 1896. His early work helped found the new science of soil physics. During World War I, he joined the National Bureau of Standards, and worked there until his retirement in 1945, rising to become director in 1933. During World War II, he was one of the early leaders of the 'Uranium Committee' that became part of the Manhattan Project to produce an atomic bomb.

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