The Atomic Heritage Foundation is sad to report the passing of Manhattan Project veteran Louis Rosen on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at the age of 91.
Rosen was part of the pantheon of Manhattan Project and Cold War veterans from Los Alamos, a very accomplished, soft-spoken man. He was born in New York City on June 10, 1918. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the University of Alabama and his doctorate from Penn State University. While at Penn State, he was recruited to work at the Manhattan Engineering District's Project Y in Los Alamos. He continued to live and work in Los Alamos until his death.
Louis was always offering to help the AHF. In March 2001, he led a panel of Manhattan Project veterans to comment on the "Louis Slotin Sonata" after a reading of the play in the Duane W. Smith Auditorium in Los Alamos. He also spoke on creativity in science for a Manhattan Project program in 2006 when the Foundation dedicated the "V Site." There, he reminded the audience that an "enduring legacy of the Manhattan Project is that it brought world attention to the necessity for the nations and cultures of the world to resolve to cooperate and collaborate on the goal of security for all."
The Foundation will miss Louis's kind willingness to share stories about his experiences working on the Project.
To read the New York Times article on Louis, published September 5, 2009, please click here.