Profiles in Science

Luis Walter Alvarez: Uncovering Secrets of the Atom and Life on Earth

by David Warmflash, MD

Further Exploration

Luis Alvarez - Biographical

(Nobel Foundation) Dr. Alvarez's biography for the Nobel Prize in Physics, 1968.

Papers of Luis Alvarez, 1936-1988

(National Archives) Information on the archival collection of Luis Alvarez's correspondences and records. Includes a digital reproduction of a letter to his son Walter describing the atomic bomb dropping on Hiroshima.

News & Events

How does an invisible underwater crater prove an asteroid killed the dinosaurs?

( A team of scientists drill a 1,500m-deep hole into the seabed off the coast of Mexico to learn more about the asteroid impact that many scientists believe killed the dinosaurs.


Google Scholar

Google - Research database allows searching of the scholarly literature.


Animations of nuclear processes

(, Quicktime required) Includes the nuclear chain reaction, fission, fusion, and interactive models of the Fat Man and Little Boy bombs.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Next Generation Science Standards: For States, By States

National Academies Press: A Framework for K-12 Science Education