News and Articles
News and Articles
Movies Honor Scientists, Engineers, and Mathematicians
Sunday, February 15, 2015
Two movies came out in 2014 highlighting the history of science and technology, "The Imitation Game" and "The Theory of Everything." "The Imitation Game" focuses on the role of genius mathematician Alan Turing in breaking the Enigma machine, which Nazi Germany used to encipher and decipher secret messages.
Reincarnation of the K-25 Plant
Saturday, February 7, 2015
On January 22, 2015, the Department of Energy-Oak Ridge hosted a meeting to review progress on implementing the commitments made in the 2012 Memorandum of Agreement to mitigate the demolition of the entire K-25 plant. Mayor Warren Gooch and City Manager Mark of Oak Ridge, Patrick McIntyre and Claudette Stager of the Tennessee Historical Commission, and some 50 others attended.
Alexander Guest House to Reopen in May
Thursday, February 5, 2015
This May, visitors will once again be welcome at the Guest House in Oak Ridge. During the Manhattan Project, J. Robert Oppenheimer, Secretary of War Henry Stimson, General Leslie Groves and other notables stayed at the Guest House, renamed the Alexander Inn in 1950, when visiting the Clinton Engineer Works.
Los Alamos Historical Society Campaign Milestone
Sunday, February 1, 2015
Members of the Los Alamos Historical Society (LAHS) wore black shirts proclaiming "History is Here" to celebrate raising $3.5 million towards their goal of $7 million. On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, over one hundred people from the community attended the "Now it Can Be Told" celebration in Fuller Lodge.
Saving Seaborg's Plutonium
Thursday, January 29, 2015
In 2012, Berkeley health physicist Phil Broughton stopped by the office of the Atomic Heritage Foundation and relayed some exciting news: he had discovered a tiny plutonium sample at Berkeley, which he believed to be one of Seaborg's first samples. In 1942, Chicago chemists Burris Cunningham and Lewis Werner purified and extracted plutonium from uranium salts.
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.