News and Articles
News and Articles
Special Interviews on "Voices of the Manhattan Project"
Monday, December 2, 2013
The Atomic Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce five new oral histories on our "Voices of the Manhattan Project" website. These special interviews were conducted by the AHF when it was founded in 2002 and include memorable accounts from Thomas O. Jones, Norman Brown, Harold Hasenfus, Ted Rockwell, and William Spindel.
Farewell to Bill Wilcox
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
The American people lost one of the “Greats” of America’s Greatest Generation when William J. Wilcox Jr. died on Monday, September 2, 2013. For over ten years, Bill worked on the preservation of the Manhattan Project’s heritage at Oak Ridge, TN. In the hospital two weeks ago, Bill and I remembered some of the highlights of that decade.
Manhattan's Secret Sites: A New Website
Monday, August 19, 2013
The Atomic Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new website on the Manhattan Project in Manhattan. Come take a tour of Oppenheimer's childhood home, Pupin Hall at Columbia, home of the cyclotron that produced the first fission in the United States, the headquarters of Union Carbide & Carbon corporation and much more.
Manhattan Project Workshop Report Released
Friday, July 26, 2013
On February 14-15 2013, the Atomic Heritage Foundation (AHF) hosted a workshop in Washington, DC: “Transforming the Relationship between Science and Society: Interpreting the Manhattan Project.” The workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation, and brought together historians, museum experts, and representatives of the National Park Service, Department of Energy and Manhattan Project
Remembering the Trinity Test
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
On July 16, 1945, at 5:29:21 MT, Manhattan Project scientists conducted the world’s first atomic bomb test at the Trinity site near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The purpose of the test was to confirm that an implosion assembly method device with a plutonium core would set off a nuclear chain reaction. The bomb, called the “Gadget,” worked, setting off an explosion equal to about 18 kilotons of TNT.
Are We Mature Enough for a Manhattan Project Park?
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Since the Manhattan Project National Park bill passed the House on June 14, 2013 and is now before the Senate, a wide variety of news articles and blogs are speculating about the new park. The proposed park would encompass three main sites of the Manhattan Project, Hanford, Washington; Los Alamos, New Mexico; and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
New Additions to "Voices of the Manhattan Project"
Tuesday, July 2, 2013
In 1986, Seattle journalist Stephen L. Sanger took leave of his newspaper job to travel the country and interview dozens of men and women who worked at the Hanford Site in World War II. Recently, Sanger graciously agreed to allow the Atomic Heritage Foundation to incorporate his work into our Voices of the Manhattan Project website.
The Faces of Project Y
Friday, June 21, 2013
Alex Wellerstein recently contributed a slideshow of Los Alamos ID badges to the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists website. Every one of the thousands of Los Alamos personnel was required to wear a badge, which was color-coded according to differing levels of clearance.