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Rotblat, Joseph (27 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 27: JR resigned from CND but retained contact .JR explains later rift between Russell and Collins (CND) and talks about his own relationship with Russell including amusing story. In 1962 Russell gave speech at Pugwash, got standing ovation - later involvement of Sheinman with Russell which worried JR - confrontation in Wales - end of Russell as chairman of Pugwash and Cockroft appointed, but he died and later Lord Florey. More about Russell who died in 1970. More about Sheinman. Cyrus Eaton's financial help for Pugwash continued but his influence which became very political was eventually not welcome and committee of members wanted separation and even wanted to change name 'Pugwash' but Jr against that and gives his reasons. Name 'Pugwash' was continued.

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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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