There may be billions of stars up in the sky but there are no more
full-length streets left at Berkeley Lab to be named after Nobel Prize
winners. After Oct. 13, they’ve all been used up. When it comes to road
names, the Lab’s future Nobelists may face a serious road shortage.
At the Lab’s Open House this past Saturday, the last remaining
unnamed main road was christened for the 2011 Nobel Prize winner in
Physics, Saul Perlmutter.
Perlmutter Road is the latest to be named for Nobelists affiliated
with Berkeley Lab, twelve individuals in all, including Alvarez Road,
Calvin Road, Chamberlain Road, Chu Road, Glaser Road, Lawrence Road, Lee
Road, McMillan Road, Seaborg Road, Segrè Road, and Smoot Road.
“We’ve heard how much you appreciate the parking place UC Berkeley
gave you down on campus,” said Berkeley Lab Director Paul Alivisatos to
Perlmutter during the unveiling event, “but at Berkeley Lab we give you
the whole street.”
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