Father of the Atomic Bomb

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Father of the Atomic Bomb

J. Robert Oppenheimer grew up in a wealthy family in New York. The family was big into art and knowledge. But Robert grew up as a sickly child; but a smart child. He graduated from Harvard in 1925 with a chemisrty degree. He then traveled to Germany to continue his studies by earning a PhD. Robert returned to the US and taught physics at UC Berkeley. In 1942 he was appointed director of Manhattan Project. He gathered the best scientist in Los Alamos, New Mexico or the Secret City to help stop the war with an atomic bomb. They susceeded on July 16, 1945 with a small device. Then they moved the project to large scale. After the end of the war Robert started to speak out against creating more bombs and more powerful bombs. In 1954 the Atomic Energy Commission revoke his security clearance. But in 1963 they recognized his role in the advancement of atomic research. His remaining years Robert studied physics and struggled with the moral dilemnas of science. He passed away in 1967.

1904 - Oppenheimer is born1925 - begins atomic research in Egnland1942 - moved to the city that never exsisted (Los Alamos, New Mexico) to take part in the Manhatten Project1949 - opposed development of hydrogen bomb

Lasting Impact

Robert headed the project during the atomic race to create an atomic bomb. And so Fat Man and Little Boy were born to destroy cities. He wanted to create peace and instead created destruction.Two bombs were dropped in Japan; Hiroshima on Aug 6th and Nagasaki on Aug 9th. Destroying cities, communities and families.


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Father of the Atomic Bomb




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