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Coordinates: 37°52′21″N 122°15′25″W 37.8725, -122.25694

LeConte Hall


  • The long-time home of the Physics Department. There are actually two LeContes, which are connected into one building Dwinelle-style. This being the physics and not the humanities building, LeConte is much better organized and not a maze. [1]
  • Old LeConte is the building to the east. New LeConte is the one near the Campanile, and has the incredibly uncomfortable lecture rooms 1-4.[1]
  • The world's first atom smasher was built in LeConte Hall by Ernest Orlando Lawrence, founder of the Lawrence Berkeley Lab and one of six Nobel laureates to have labs in LeConte. Lawrence's prize was also UC Berkeley's first. The six Physics Nobel Laureates are as follows:[1]
    • Ernest O. Lawrence, 1939
    • Owen Chamberlain, 1959
    • Emilio G. Segre, 1959
    • Donald A. Glaser, 1960
    • Charles A. Townes, 1964
    • Luis Alvarez, 1968
  • This is of a total of 18 Nobel Laureates in UC Berkeley (8 of which as of 2002 are still faculty at UCB, and are the only faculty with on-campus parking). The others include 7 Chemistry, 4 Economics, 1 Literature. However, since the labs of the Chemistry awardees are spread over several buildings, LeConte Hall has been home to more Nobel Prize-winning work than any other building on campus, and possibly the world.[1]
  • Places to Check Out:[1]
      1. 129 LeConte. Home of the CSUA, Computer Science Undergraduate Association, from 1981 to 1982.
      2. 329 LeConte. This lab was where Ernest Lawrence's 11-inch cyclotron was built.
      3. 392 LeConte. Owen Chamberlain's current office.
      4. Giant Liquid Nitrogen Tank. Used for low-temperature experiments, Liquid N2 can be found throughout LeConte. I know of there being this very large tank of it over 12 feet high in New LeConte.
      5. Physics 7A/B/C and 8A/B Course Centers. These rooms are small study lounges for the introductory Physics classes. Up until Fall 2002, these rooms and their surrounding hallways would be crammed with physics students getting help from each other to finish their homework right before it was due. In Fall 2002, though, the homework went online and a long-standing LeConte tradition ended. Located on the 2nd Floor of Old LeConte.


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