The Manhattan Project

University Involvement in the Manhattan Project

Clarence Larsen

Dr. Clarence Larsen, a chemist, began working under Ernest Lawrence in his lab at the University of California, Berkeley in 1942. While Lawrence and his team were engineering the cyclotron, Larsen was on hand to ensure chemical processing was sound. His primary concern was not the cyclotron itself, but its product and the ability of that product to produce an explosion.

Eleanor Irvine Davisson

Stephane Groueff:  You were the secretary for Dr. [Ernest] Lawrence since—

Eleanor Irvine: I came to work in October 1945. I was with him until his death. Then I stayed right along with Dr. [Edwin] McMillan.

Groueff: I see. What was your name then?

Irvine: Eleanor Irvine, I-R-V-I-N-E.

Groueff: I see. How did you meet him?

Hugh Taylor's Interview

Sir Hugh Taylor: I had been requested by the British Government to find out certain things. They wanted, for example, to know whether they could use this thing and the General Electric Company made it available to them on the condition that their affiliate in England was entrusted with the responsibility of supplying it. It was the British Thomson-Houston Company [in] Rugby.

Then another job that I did for them, I got the Shell Oil Company in California to give me—

Stephane Groueff: Shell Oil.


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