[lawr-uhns, lor-]
D(avid) H(erbert) 1885–1930, English novelist.
Ernest O(rlando) 1901–58, U.S. physicist: inventor of the cyclotron; Nobel Prize 1939.
Gertrude, 1901?–52, English actress.
Jacob, 1917–2000, U.S. painter and educator.
James, 1781–1813, U.S. naval officer in the War of 1812.
Saint. Also, Lorenzo. Latin Laurentius, died a.d. 258?, early church martyr.
Sir Thomas, 1769–1830, English painter.
T(homas) E(dward) (T. E. Shaw"Lawrence of Arabia") 1888–1935, English archaeologist, adventurer, soldier, and writer.
a city in NE Massachusetts, on the Merrimack River.
a city in E Kansas, on the Kansas River.
a town in central Indiana.
a male given name: from a Latin word meaning “a man of Laurentum.” Unabridged
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Lawrence (ˈlɒrəns)
1.  Saint. died 258 ad, Roman martyr: according to tradition he was roasted to death on a gridiron. Feast day: Aug 10
2.  D(avid) H(erbert). 1885--1930, British novelist, poet, and short-story writer. Many of his works deal with the destructiveness of modern industrial society, contrasted with the beauty of nature and instinct, esp the sexual impulse. His novels include Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Women in Love (1920), and Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928)
3.  Ernest Orlando. 1901--58, US physicist, who invented the cyclotron (1931): Nobel prize for physics 1939
4.  Gertrude. 1898--1952, British actress, noted esp for her roles in comedies such as Noël Coward's Private Lives (1930)
5.  Sir Thomas. 1769--1830, British portrait painter
6.  T(homas) E(dward), known as Lawrence of Arabia. 1888--1935, British soldier and writer. He took a major part in the Arab revolt against the Turks (1916--18), proving himself an outstanding guerrilla leader. He described his experiences in The Seven Pillars of Wisdom (1926)

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American physicist who in 1929 built the first cyclotron, which he used to study the structure of the atom, transmute elements, and produce artificial radiation. His work laid the foundation for the development of the atomic bomb.
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city, seat (1855) of Douglas county, eastern Kansas, U.S. It lies on the Kansas River. It was founded in 1854 by antislavery radicals who had come to Kansas under the auspices of the New England Emigrant Aid Company to outvote proslavery settlers and thus make Kansas a "free" state. The city was named for Amos A. Lawrence, a New England textile manufacturer who funded the company's settlement efforts. It was a noted station on the Underground Railroad by which slaves escaped into free territory. As a Jayhawker (abolitionist) headquarters, the town was sacked in 1856 by a proslavery militia under David Rice Atchison, a former Democratic senator from Missouri, and in 1863 by Confederate guerrillas under the command of William Clarke Quantrill, who massacred more than 150 citizens and burned much of the city.

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