Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (26 of 40). National Life Stories Collection: General

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  • Interviewees

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

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    Thompson, Katherine (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 26: Decision to continue Pugwash was very important in JR's life. General discussion on Pugwash, doubts, future, formation of committee of 5, 3 of them British. Reason why Russians opposed suggestion to move organisation to Chicago. Agreement for London with JR as leader. 2nd meeting in Canada, 3rd in Austria, involvement of Kreiski, in Kitzbuhl and Vienna, 4th meeting in Austria - Baden, 5th meeting in 1959 again in Pugwash. JR needed help and got it from Lord Kennet. Planned conference in England, help from Royal Society (Lord Florey involved) - details of JR's efforts. Meeting in 1961. Frank Barnaby became JR's secretary. Getting easier to get money, office in Great Russell Street in 1968 - explains how it became available. After 16 years had to move to building next door and why, still there today. Back to 1958 and Bertrand Russell's involvement with Pugwash - and later start of CND. JR decided to restrict his involvement with Pugwash only. Bertrand Russell suggested separation of CND and Pugwash.

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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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