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    Manhattan Project Chemist Virginia Coleman Oral History Interview

    Virginia Coleman was a chemist for the Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. In an interview conducted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, she recalled her journey to join the secretive project to…

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    Manhattan Project Engineer Larry O'Rourke Oral History Interview

    In an interview conducted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, Lawrence O’Rourke recalled his time as an engineer for the Manhattan Project. After being drafted into the Army Reserves in 1943, he was one…

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    Manhattan Project Lab Assistant James Forde Oral History Interview

    In an interview conducted by the Atomic Heritage Foundation, James Forde recounted his experience as a lab assistant in New York City for the Manhattan Project. He was responsible for cleaning tubes…

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    Manhattan Project Construction Worker CJ Mitchell

    CJ Mitchell recounted his time as a construction worker in Hanford, Washington, beginning in the late 1940s. The site was used for atomic weapons production in World War II and during the Cold War. In…

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    Los Alamos Resident Dimas Chavez

    As a child, Dimas Chavez and his family moved to Los Alamos after his father began working for the Zia Company, a subcontractor for the Manhattan Project. In an interview conducted by the Atomic…

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    Manhattan Project Engineer Roger Rohrbacher

    Roger Rohrbacher was an instrument engineer for the Manhattan Project’s B Reactor, the world’s first production-scale nuclear reactor, in Hanford, Washington. He was responsible for measuring neutron flow…

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    Preserving Manhattan Project History

    Atomic Heritage Foundation founder and president Cynthia Kelly recounted her efforts to preserve a site in Los Alamos, New Mexico, associated with the Manhattan Project’s July 1945 Trinity nuclear test. The…

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    Renewable Fuel Standard

    Panelists talked about the government’s role in environment and energy issues, specifically on a call to repeal renewable fuel standards. Other topics included current trends in oil…

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    Espionage and the Manhattan Project

    Robert S. Norris talked about George Koval, an American citizen who spied for the Soviet Union for almost ten years and supplied them with information about the atomic bomb. James Schoke and Ben Bederson, veterans…

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    Murray Peshkin Oral History Interview

    Murray Peshkin talked about working at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He also talked about the spies who infiltrated the site as well as safety concerns for the…

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    Dieter Gruen Oral History Interview

    Dieter Gruen talked about working in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, on the Manhattan Project. He recalled graduating from Northwestern University and joining the Manhattan Project. He also spoke…

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    Seth Wheatley Oral History Interview

    Seth Wheatley recalled living and working in the secret city of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the site set up in 1942 to create a plutonium and uranium enrichment plant for the U.S. government in…

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    Peggy Bowditch Oral History Interview

    Margaret “Peggy” Bowditch talked about growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico, next door to J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, who became known as the “father of the atomic…

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    Robert Furman Oral History Interview

    Robert Furman talked about his work on the Manhattan Project during World War II. He served as an assistant to project director General Leslie Groves. Mr Furman recalled going behind enemy lines…

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    Benjamin Bederson Oral History Interview

    Benjamin Bederson talked about working as a member of the Special Engineering Detachment on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico, in the 1940s. Mr. Bederson worked on designing the…

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    Manhattan Project Oral History Interview

    Cindy Kelly, director of the Atomic Heritage Foundation, talked about the Voices of the Manhattan Project.

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    Val Fitch Oral History Interview

    Val Fitch talked about his work on the Manhattan Project and his time in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during World War II. After working on the timing apparatus of the atomic bomb, he was sent…

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    Remembering Groves and Oppenheimer

    Robert Norris, Kari Bird, and Marty Sherwin talked about the impact General Leslie Groves and Robert Oppenheimer had on the Manhattan Project. They were joined by grandson Charles Oppenheimer and…

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    Women of the Manhattan Project

    Rosemary Lane and Isabelle Karle, veterans of the Manhattan Project, spoke about their different experiences with the project and the various opportunities it provided for them and other women in the 1940s. Ms.…

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    History of Nuclear Weapons Policy

    Panelists spoke about the history of nuclear weapons policy and past diplomatic efforts to limit or reduce nuclear stockpiles. The spoke about U.S. nuclear weapons programs from the end of World War II, the arms…

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