Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (32 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 32: JR talks about the conference in Cambridge where he got a standing ovation. He explains his differences with the present Secretary General - JR wants elimination of atom bomb while American, GR, only wants reduction of atomic weapons. Other reasons for friction: JR wants open communication with public while GR is against this. In future JR wants to concentrate on ethical aspects of science and 'misuse' of science. JR now explains the financial set-up for Pugwash and the complications that arose. JR donated his Nobel prize money to Pugwash as well as his other prizes. More about other financial difficulties for Pugwash. JR now talks about his involvement with SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute). Swedes wanted to celebrate 200 years without war and JR suggested to establish peace research institute which the Swedes accepted and JR was involved in establishing it. He explains how this is different to Pugwash but how its work would be useful for Pugwash. More about the people involved.

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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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