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Guide to J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), American Prometheus (2005), and Oppenheimer (2023)

J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967)

Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967) as Ph.D. student in Göttingen, Germany

Robert Oppenheimer (1904–1967) as Ph.D. student in Göttingen, Germany
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Listen to the interview on Voices of the Manhatten Project at the Atomic Heritage on Soundcloud.

In this rare interview, J. Robert Oppenheimer talks about the organization of the Manhattan Project and some of the scientists that he helped to recruit during the earliest days of the project. Oppenheimer discusses some of the biggest challenges that scientists faced during the project, including developing a sound method for implosion and purifying plutonium, which he declares was the most difficult aspect of the project. He discusses the chronology of the project and his first conversation with General Leslie Groves. Oppenheimer recalls his daily routine at Los Alamos, including taking his son Peter to nursery school. Interview transcript included.

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