The Manhattan Project

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Charles Critchfield was a mathematical physicist assigned to work on the development of gun-type fission weapons, and eventually implosion-type...
Arthur Compton (1892-1962) was an American physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics. A top administrator and advisor during the Manhattan...
Dr. Philip Abelson was a physicist on the path to discovering fission when Otto Hahn and Lisa Meitner discovered this process first. Abelson worked...
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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Harry Allen and Robert Van Gemert worked in procurement at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. In this interview, the pair discusses getting...
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...
Jean Dow Bacher was born in 1907, and grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She married fellow Ann Arbor native and leading Manhattan Project scientist...
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In 1943, J. Robert Oppenheimer recruited American physicist Robert Bacher to join the Manhattan Project as head of the experimental physics division...
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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Dr. Richard Baker worked at the Ames Laboratory before transferring to Los Alamos.
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George Banic worked on high voltage power supplies for the General Electric Company in Schenectady, New York, and came to Oak Ridge in March 1944, to...
Larry Bartell was interviewed by Glenn Seaborg to join Seaborg’s plutonium team at the University of Chicago. There he tested various ways of...
Albert Bartlett worked with mass spectrometers at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. He was part of the group that photographed the Operations...
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Nancy Bartlit is the former president of the Los Alamos Historical Society and co-author of Silent Voices of World War II: When Sons of the Land...
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Benjamin Bederson, a New York native, was selected to serve in the Special Engineering Detachment during the Manhattan Project. A physicist, he was...
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering from New York University, Hal Behl registered with the National Roster of...
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Jacob Beser was a First Lieutenant in the 509th Composite Air Group and flew as the Radar Countermeasures Officer on the Enola Gay during the...
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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....
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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When Colleen Black's brother was drafted into the Army in 1942, she and her family decided to move to Oak Ridge to contribute to the war effort...
David Bohm (1917-1992) was an American experimental physicist who would later become a citizen of the United Kingdom. After finishing his...
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Gabriel Bonhee is a Nez Perce tribal member and an environmental specialist at the Nez Perce Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Office....
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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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Norris Bradbury was an American physicist and director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1945-1970. During the Manhattan Project, Bradbury...
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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Margaret ("Chickie") Broderick was a chemist at MIT during the Manhattan Project. She was born Margaret McHugh in Boston, Massachusetts in 1921....
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...
Robert JS Brown was a member of the Special Engineer Detachment at Los Alamos. He worked under Don Hornig on the electrical aspects of detonation for...
Ludwig Bruggemann was born in 1938 in the agricultural community of White Bluffs, Washington. His father owned a prosperous fruit farm along the...
Paula Bruggemann was born in 1940 in the agricultural community of White Bluffs, Washington. Their father owned a prosperous fruit farm along the...
Bob Bubenezer was supervisor of Hanford plant protection for DuPont from 1943 until early 1945. Though he helped maintain order in Hanford, he said...
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Bob Bubenzer was supervisor of Hanford plant protection for Du Pont from 1943 until early 1945. He was responsible for policing and dealing with a...
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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Bob Caron served as the tail gunner on the Enola Gay under the command of Colonel Paul Tibbets. He witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima, capturing...
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...

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