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Rotblat, Joseph (36 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 36: JR talks about the Nobel Peace Prize which was held on 10th December in Oslo - By Nobel's wish the peace prize was held in Oslo and not Stockholm. The prize was given half and half - to Rotblat and Pugwash. He explains procedures, he had to give lecture and someone gave lecture for Pugwash. The king presents the prize. Explains great security necessary for Israeli and Arab peace prize. JR talks some more about celebrities held in Oslo, visit to Palace, TV (CNN), press conference, description of actual prize etc. He talks about the lecture he gave, subject :'Remember your humanity'. He got standing ovation. Daily Telegraph attacked him, saying he should be in prison!. 2 years ago he was awarded the KCMG. - again attacked by Daily Telegraph! Reaction by other newspapers. Talk to members of parliament and the Prime Minister and what was discussed. More about his stay in Oslo and also Sweden for another banquet. CNN invited JR to give lecture in Atlanta, Jane Fonda was involved. In Dec. 2001 there will be assembly of all Nobel Laureates as it will be 100 years since Nobel died. Talk about Nobel summit meeting in Rome - Gorbachev was there with his daughter - more about Gorbachev.

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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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