Oral history of British science

Rotblat, Joseph (38 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 38: JR explains how he learned Polish from books, what he read and later science fiction which started his interest in science. More talk about various influences on his life, music, theatre and how experience of first world war made him very anti-war all his life and with the hope that science might help to prevent wars. JR now mentions the various honorary degrees and medals he got during his life in various countries. In 1957 he returned for the first time to Poland and he explains why he decided not to return to work in Poland. He tells the story of how he managed to contact his younger brother who was in Russia and how he managed to bring him over to England. Later JR was invited several times to give lectures in Poland and he describes his impressions of Warsaw and the monument for the Ghetto and the rebuilding of Warsaw. More about anti-Semitism in Poland today.

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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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