This section provides an overview of the history of the Manhattan Project, the key organizations involved, the science behind the bomb, and more.
“I don't believe a word of the whole thing,” declared Werner Heisenberg, the scientific head of the German nuclear program, after hearing the news that the United States had dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima.
Today, millions of nuclear medicine procedures are performed in the United States every year, where the legacy of the Manhattan Project lives on in the treatment and visualization of disease.
Shortly after its discovery, radiation became an invaluable part of medicine. However, people soon realized that radiation could also be extremely dangerous.
The Manhattan Project produced a large number of radioactive substances, and as a result scientists intensified research into the overlap of nuclear science and medicine.
A detailed timeline of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
A list of the planes and the crews that flew on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombing missions.
Although frequently omitted from official histories, Hispanos have served in pivotal positions at Los Alamos since its inception.
A number of scientists associated with the Manhattan Project were eventually investigated by the House Un-American Activities Committee.
Between April 1945 and July 1947, eighteen subjects were injected with plutonium, six with uranium, five with polonium, and at least one with americium in order to better understand the effects of radioactive materials on the human body.