Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (10 of 40). National Life Stories Collection: General

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    Rotblat, Joseph, 1908-2005 (speaker, male)

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    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 10: JR talks about after-effects of radiation exposure, danger of cataract - but later all clear. JR talks about his relationship to Chadwick, his adventurous trip to collect Chadwick's daughters from Canada. His walks with Lady Chadwick through guarded perimeter. Talk about security, Capt. De Silva in charge - even Oppenheimer was under suspicion. Talking to fellow workers was allowed only inside the camp. More about security in the camp, number of people working there plus civilians and military staff. Oppenheimer was excellent chairman. Peierls took over from Chadwick when the latter went to Washington, positive comments on Peierls by General Groves. More about Oppenheimer and his beliefs and later exposing scientific mistake made by Straus which caused animosity against Oppenheimer, wanted to take away his security clearance.

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    Nobel Peace Prize-winner and nuclear physicist Joseph Rotblat in conversation about his life and work. A key figure in the development of the atomic bomb, he left the US government's Manhattan Project once it became apparent that Nazi Germany did not have the capability to build a bomb of its own.

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