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An Enduring Legacy for the Next 75 Years

1663 asked Laboratory Director Terry Wallace how the Lab’s illustrious history positions it for the scientific discoveries that will be needed in the future.
August 1, 2018
An Enduring Legacy for the Next 75 Years

Los Alamos National Laboratory Director Terry WallaceCREDIT: Michael Pierce/LANL

“We look at the biggest challenges to our national security and work to find scientific and engineering solutions.” - Terry Wallace, Laboratory Director

The 75-year history of Los Alamos is rich with discovery. The science plan today is driven by the same principles as J. Robert Oppenheimer’s original plan: Define the hard problems that need to be solved and realize that the solutions must draw from a broad spectrum of disciplines. Los Alamos discoveries and technological advances have changed the way we live and how we understand the universe. Nuclear energy, nuclear medicine, the discovery of gamma-ray bursts, the invention of the heat pipe (which makes all smartphones possible), decoding the human genome, supercomputing, finding evidence of ancient lakes on Mars—all these breakthroughs are because of our interdisciplinary history

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