14 Facts About Ames Laboratory


Ames National Laboratory, formerly Ames Laboratory, is a United States Department of Energy national laboratory located in Ames, Iowa, and affiliated with Iowa State University.

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The Ames Laboratory Project produced more than two million pounds of uranium for the Manhattan Project until industry took over the process in 1945.

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Ames Laboratory Project received the Army-Navy 'E' Award for Excellence in Production on October 12,1945, signifying two-and-a-half years of excellence in industrial production of metallic uranium as a vital war material.

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Ames Laboratory was formally established in 1947 by the United States Atomic Energy Commission as a result of the Ames Project's success.

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Processes developed at Ames Laboratory resulted in the production of the purest rare-earth metals in the world while at the same time greatly reducing their price.

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Ames Laboratory responded by putting new emphasis on applied mathematics, solar power, fossil fuels and pollution control.

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Ames Laboratory became a national leader in the fields of superconductivity and nondestructive evaluation.

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The Scalable Computing Ames Laboratory was established to find ways of making parallel computing accessible and cost-effective for the scientific community.

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Ames Laboratory was Iowa State's second member of the National Academy of Sciences and the first director of the Ames Laboratory.

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Ames Laboratory was the first Distinguished Professor of Sciences and Humanities at Iowa State.

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Kai-Ming Ho, Che-Ting Chan, and Costas Soukoulis, physics and Ames Laboratory, were the first to design and demonstrate the existence of photonic band gap crystals, a discovery that led to the development of the rapidly expanding field of photonic crystals.

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Patricia Thiel, chemistry and Ames Laboratory, received one of the first 100 National Science Foundation Women in Science and Engineering Awards.

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Ames Laboratory was the 2002 recipient of the American Chemical Society Award in Chromatography for his research in chemical separations.

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Costas Soukoulis, physics and Ames Laboratory, received the Max Born Award from the Optical Society of America in 2014.

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