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.