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Rotblat, Joseph (33 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 33: JR joined SIPRI for a few months and moved to Stockholm in 80/81 to write book on radiation - 'Nuclear radiation in warfare'. Due to this book he was invited to join World Health Organisation to study radiation effect on health of people. His report in 1984 was accepted by W.H.O. New facts came out about effect of nuclear explosions. JR went to Japan to study effects of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and talks about his findings. His arguments with governments and reduction of permissible doses. JR explains his problems with election to Royal Society but was elected in 1995. In 1992 he got the 'Einstein Peace Prize' - also various doctorates. In 1995 he got the Nobel Peace Prize and tells story of his nomination which came as a surprise. He now talks about the effect it had on his life, media impact etc. Decided to have press conference, appearance on BBC and ITV.

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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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