The Manhattan Project

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Irénée du Pont, Jr. is a member of the storied du Pont family and the son of the President (1919 to 1925) of the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company...
Dr. Philip Abelson was a physicist on the path to discovering fission when Otto Hahn and Lisa Meitner discovered this process first. Abelson worked...
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Jack Aeby discusses working with Emilio Segrè at Los Alamos, and being the only person to capture a color photograph of the Trinity atomic bomb test.
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Harold Agnew worked on the Manhattan Project at various locations and served as the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1970-1979....
George Allen flew B-29s in the air force during WWII. He did not see action, but was in Alamogordo, New Mexico, when the Trinity test was conducted,...
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Dr. Samuel Allison was director of the Metallurgical Lab at the University of Chicago during the Manhattan Project. He worked on the development of...
Hope Sloan was 25 in 1944, a dark-haired WAC corporal and secretary in military intelligence. In July, she joined the construction camp's morale-...
Donald Ames describes his experience living and working under Glenn Seaborg at the University of Chicago Metallurgical Laboratories as a G....
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Herbert Anderson was completing his graduate studies in physics in 1939 at Columbia University when he began a close scientific and personal asso...
Lawrence Antos was a member of the Military Police at Los Alamos. He checked the passes of civilians coming and going to Los Alamos. He talks about...
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John Arnold joined the Manhattan Project in 1943 when the MED tasked his employer, the Kellogg Corporation, with developing a special barrier for the...
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Dale Babcock was a physical chemist and colleague of Crawford Greenewalt, himself a chemical engineer who married a Du Pont and eventually became...
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Dewitt "Bill" Bailey was originally from New Albany, Mississippi, and was working at an Alabama shipyard when he heard of the job opportunities in...
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Larry Bartell was interviewed by Glenn Seaborg to join Seaborg’s plutonium team at the University of Chicago. There he tested various ways of...
Benjamin Bederson, a New York native, was selected to serve in the Special Engineering Detachment during the Manhattan Project. A physicist, he was...
Hans Bethe (1906-2005) was a German and American nuclear physicist and winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize winner in Physics. Bethe was selected by J....
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Rose Bethe and her husband, Nobel Prize winner Hans Bethe, moved to Los Alamos in early 1943 when Hans was appointed leader of the Theoretical...
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Colleen Black discusses everyday life, secrecy, and working as a woman on the Manhattan Project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. From housing to security, Ms...
Peggy Bowditch was a young girl when she and her family moved to Los Alamos in 1943. Her father, Rear Admiral William Sterling “Deak” Parsons, was...
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Lester Bowls worked at DuPont war plants before becoming a construction expediter at Hanford. After construction was finished at Hanford, we worked...
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Ellen Bradbury Reid moved to Los Alamos in the summer of 1944 when her father was hired by Norris Bradbury to work in the high explosives division....
In 1943, Jess Brinkerhoff was working at Du Pont's Remington Arms ammunition plant in Salt Lake City as a warehouse and shipping foreman. The plant...
Berlyn Brixer worked as a photographer and camera engineer at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. He filmed the Trinity test on motion capture...
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Norman Brown was just a sophomore at MIT when he left to work in the Special Engineer Detachment at Los Alamos. There, Norman worked with transuranic...
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Bob Bubenezer was supervisor of Hanford plant protection for DuPont from 1943 until early 1945. Though he helped maintain order in Hanford, he said...
Bob Bubenzer was supervisor of Hanford plant protection for Du Pont from 1943 until early 1945. He was interviewed by telephone at his home in...
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By 1984, at the time of this interview, the Wanapum Tribe numbered two full-blooded survivors. One was Frank Buck, 16 years old when the Army came to...
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Rex Buck, a member of the Wanapum Indian tribe, grew up near the Manhattan Project site at Hanford along the Columbia River. When the government...
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Steve Buckingham, a chemist, worked at the Hanford site beginning in 1947. He explains how the B Reactor worked, and applauds the ingenuity of the...
Before he came to Hanford Sam Campbell had a varied work history, including service with the coast artillery in the Philippines and pipeline...
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Robert Cantrell joined the Manhattan Project in 1943 and worked as an architect for Dr. Walter Zinn’s design group at the University of Chicago....
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Walter Samuel Carpenter, Jr. was a corporate executive at DuPont who oversaw the company's involvement in the Manhattan Project. In 1919, at the age...
Bill Cease worked in the 300 area of Hanford, preparing uranium metal and operating piles (reactors). His wife Louise accompanied him to Hanford, and...
James R. Chapman worked on the Manhattan Project for Stone and Webster, which helped build the Y-12 Plant. He talks about his work at Oak Ridge, and...
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Elliot Charney was an American Chemist who worked on the Manhattan Project at Columbia University. Charney received his B.S. in Chemistry from the...
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Dimas Chavez was a young child when he moved to Los Alamos with his family for his father to work for the Zia Company on the Manhattan Project. He...
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Dunell Cohn was born in Oak Ridge in 1944. Cohn’s father, Waldo, was recruited to work on the Manhattan Project in Chicago in 1942 for his work on...
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Stirling Auchincloss Colgate was a student at the Los Alamos Ranch School when the site was chosen for use in the Manhattan Project, and he describes...
Dr. James B. Conant, a chemist and a President of Harvard, served on various committees overseeing the Manhattan Project. He discusses the S-1...
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George Cowan joined the Manhattan Project in 1942 at the Met Lab as a chemist for Enrico Fermi’s group. He also worked for Columbia University and...
  Fay Cunningham joined the Manhattan Project in 1944 as a metallurgical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Cunningham...
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Dr. Lauchlin Currie, a chemical engineer, worked in barrier production at the Houdaille-Hershey plant in Decatur, IL. He also worked on graphite...
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Mary Lou Curtis joined the Manhattan Project at the Monsanto Research Corporation in Dayton, Ohio in 1943. Curtis worked in the Counting Room at...
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Winston Dabney applied to be assigned to the Manhattan Project and was transferred from Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to Los Alamos in early 1944....
Willie Daniels came to Hanford from Texas by way of Oklahoma, where he worked at a naval air station. was of thousands of blacks who left low...
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    A native of Northern Idaho, Larry Denton was recruited by his father to work on the B Reactor in Hanford, Washington. At the age...
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Felix DePaula talks about his role as “garbage man” at Los Alamos and witnessing the Trinity test. He discusses everyday life at Los Alamos, from...
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  Herb Depke arrived in Hanford in 1943 after his father was transferred by the DuPont Company to work as an expediter during the Manhattan...
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  Ben Diven discusses helping set up Los Alamos for the Manhattan Project and working on instrumentation for the atomic bomb. He speaks highly...
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Becky Diven began her work for the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1944, where she developed a quartz fiber microbalance to weigh extremely small...

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