News and Articles
News and Articles
Niels Bohr Announces the Discovery of Fission
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
On January 26, 1939, during the Fifth Washington Conference on Theoretical Physics at the George Washington University, Nobel Laureate Niels Bohr publicly announced the splitting of the uranium atom. The resulting “fission,” with its release of two hundred million electron volts of energy, heralded the beginning of the atomic age.
“Voices of the Manhattan Project” featured in the Tri-City Herald
Friday, January 9, 2015
On January 4, the Atomic Heritage Foundation’s (AHF) “Voices of the Manhattan Project” website was featured in Washington’s Tri-City Herald. The article, written by Annette Cary, highlights interviews with Manhattan Project veterans who worked at Hanford to build the world’s first nuclear reactor during World War II.
AHF Launches "Manhattan Project Innovations" Tour
Thursday, January 8, 2015
The Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) has launched a “Manhattan Project Innovations” tour with over two dozen vignettes addressing the extraordinary scientific and engineering innovations that came out of the Manhattan Project and their legacy for today. The tour is live on AHF’s “Ranger in Your Pocket” website, which features tours on Manhattan Project sites and themes.
Manhattan Project Park in the News
Friday, January 2, 2015
On December 12, Congress passed the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act as part of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). On December 19, President Obama signed the NDAA into law. Here is a roundup of media coverage of the new park.
Remembering Pearl Harbor
Sunday, December 7, 2014
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack against the U.S. Pacific Fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor. In the attack, 8 battleships, 3 destroyers, 3 light cruisers and 4 other ships were destroyed; 293 aircraft permanently damaged; 2,403 American civilians and military personnel killed, and 1,178 wounded.
Chicago Pile-1: Ushering in the Atomic Age
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
One of the most important branches of the far-flung Manhattan Project was the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Known simply as the "Met Lab", its primary role was to design an atomic reactor, created through chain-reacting piles.
Donate to Support Atomic Heritage Foundation
Monday, December 1, 2014
For over a decade, the Atomic Heritage Foundation has led the charge to establish a Manhattan Project National Historical Park which may soon become a reality. Equally important, we are creating a repository of hundreds of Manhattan Project interviews online.
Thanksgiving in the Manhattan Project
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Manhattan Project workers around the country were usually not allowed to travel home for vacation - even for Thanksgiving. Top scientists had important meetings on Thanksgiving, preventing them from spending the holiday with family. The communities banded together to celebrate Thanksgiving. New traditions were begun, new friends made, and a good meal was had by all.