Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (11 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 11: JR tells story about Teller who worked on the H-bomb and would not work under Hans Bethe. JR describes his office in Los Alamos which he shared with Bretscher (Swiss). Teller who worked with Stanislav Ulam had office next door. More about Peierls and his wife and also Fuchs. JR now talks about 'Venona' project, recent article in Spectator and complicated involvements of Peierls, his wife, Fuchs and 2 girls who worked against JR. JR does not think that Peierls was a spy.

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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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