Making History and a Difference
The “Big Ideas” Laboratory
LLNL was established in 1952 in the early days of the Cold War to meet urgent national security needs by advancing nuclear weapons science and technology.
Our story of success began with a remarkable group of visionaries who set out to be a “big ideas” laboratory committed to a multidisciplinary approach to research pioneered by our cofounder and namesake Ernest O. Lawrence. Over our history, the Laboratory, through a diverse community of dedicated and talented employees, has strengthened national security with a tradition of science and technological innovations — anticipating, developing and delivering solutions.
LLNL History Fact Sheet
An overview of more than seven decades of applying cutting-edge science and technology to meet the nation’s national security needs.
LLNL 70th Anniversary Book, 2022
A collection of interwoven stories compiled in celebration of the Lab’s 70th anniversary that highlight a history of remarkable achievements driven by creative individuals and interdisciplinary teams.
Welcome to an overview of our stories, our people and our history. Please use this interactive timeline to explore in depth the people, programs and events that have shaped the vibrant history of our Laboratory.
LLNL Through the Years
A pictorial look through the decades of some of the programs and people that have contributed to our history of technological innovation and scientific excellence.
Make Your Mark on the World. Join LLNL.
Work-life balance. Best-in-class benefits. Opportunities for growth. Joining LLNL gives you all that and much more. Whether your talent lies in engineering, a skilled craft, design or analysis, there’s a place for you at LLNL.