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Rotblat, Joseph (21 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 21: Keith Harris who wrote profile in Observer after Panorama programme organised press conference at Caxton Hall for manifesto. JR who was in Ireland at the time received phone call from Bertrand Russell asking him to chair the conference. JR talks about the conference, some hostile questions but went well. The text of the manifesto was written by Russell - spoke of members of 'the human race'. As a result he got many letters including one from a Canadian industrialist - Cyrus Eaton - who offered to pay expenses for the meetings of scientists provided they met in Pugwash. Onassis also offered finances provided meeting was on his boat! Nehru suggested meeting in Delhi. Association of Parliamentarians of World Government asked JR to help with their agenda. Recording fades out.

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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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