Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (34 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 34: JR talks some more about SIPRI and the way it worked - it became best source of correct information on facts. Talks about difficulties with Russian Emelyanov. JR was member of SIPRI board for 5 years - difficulties with later board members. More on JR's involvement with World Health Organisation, his report on radiation other general studies, hospital techniques, problems of Malaria etc. The W.H.O. move to bring in International Court of Justice in Hague on use of nuclear weapons. U.S.A. against it. In 1996 the Court was involved. Pugwash started discussion on biological weapons. Destruction of chemical weapon manufacture was signed in 1997. Not yet about possession of biological weapons.

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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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