From Oppenheimer as a Teacher of Physics and Ph.D. Advisor by Edward Gerjuoy
Prof Takes Girl for Ride; Walks Home
J. Robert Oppenheimer, 30, associate professor of physics at the University of California, took Miss Melva [sic] Phillips, research assistant in physics living at 2730 Webster Street, for an automobile ride in the Berkeley Hills at 3 o’clock this morning.
He stopped his machine on Spruce Street at Alta Street and tucked a large robe about his passenger.
“Are you comfortable?” Prof. Oppenheimer asked.
Miss Phillips replied that she was.
“Mind if I get out and walk for a few minutes?” he queried.
From Operational History of the 509th Bombardment
From The Return to Nothingness by Felix Morley
From “The Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb” by Henry Stimson
The story of the development of the atomic bomb by the combined efforts of many groups in the United States is a fascinating but highly technical account of an enormous enterprise. Obviously military security prevents this story from being told in full at this time. However, there is no reason why the administrative history of the Atomic Bomb Project and the basic scientific knowledge on which the several developments were based should not be available now to the general public. To this end this account by Professor H. D. Smyth is presented.
October 15, 1945
Dear Mr. Gillespie,