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Briggs, Lyman James

Born: 1874 AD
Died: 1963 AD, at 88 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Administrators, Physicists


1874 - Lyman James Briggs was born on May 7th, on a farm in Assyria, Michigan, 12 miles north of Battle Creek. American administrator, physicist, and agricultural scientist.

1889 - Briggs entered Michigan Agricultural College by examination at the age of fifteen.

1893 - He received his B.S. degree. After leaving Michigan Agricultural College, Lyman Briggs entered Johns Hopkins University for further graduate study in the Ph.D. program in physics.

1896-1898 - Dr. Briggs joined the Department of Agriculture and began his nearly 60 years of government service.

1932 - Became chief of the Mechanics and Sound Division of the Bureau of Standards, then served as director of the Bureau.

1933 - Dr. Briggs was appointed Director of the Bureau of Standards.

         - He was asked to head a top-secret project to investigate the possibility of utilizing energy from the atomic fission of uranium.

         - As a member of National Advisory Committee of Aeronautics, Dr. Briggs conducted research in aerodynamics and flow around air foils, which had application in the design of aircraft propellers.

         - He also headed the instrument work in connection with two historic stratospheric balloon launchings. The balloon Explorer II instruments which Dr. Briggs helped to design reached world record altitudes.

1935 - He was the director of National Bureau of Standards and president of National Conference on Weights and Measures.

1938 - Became the president of American Physical Society.

1939 - He headed the committee that investigated the military potential of atomic energy.

1963 - Died on March 25th at the age of 88.


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