Lawrencium is named for physicist Ernest O. Lawrence who invented the cyclotron, which is a type of particle accelerator. Modern-day particle accelerators are used to create new elements, such as Lawrencium, by smashing smaller atoms and particles together. Truly, this science has come full-circle.
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