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1941 to 1942: Getting Organized

1941 to 1942: Getting Organized

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FDR inauguration 1944

November 1, 1941

Arthur H. Compton issues the final NAS report, highlighting the importance of conducting further research on the feasibility of a U-235 bomb. The report is delivered to FDR by Vannevar Bush on November 27.

October 21, 1941

Arthur H. Compton holds a meeting in Schenectady, NY with Ernest O. Lawrence, J. Robert Oppenheimer, George Kistiakowsky, and James B. Conant reviewing The MAUD Report and the most recent US work. The meeting ends by concluding that an atomic bomb could be made.

October 12, 1941

Peter L. Kapitza, one of the leaders of Soviet physics, remarked at an international "anti-Fascist" meeting of scientists in Moscow that the recent discovery of nuclear energy could be useful in the war against Germany and that the theoretical prospects of a uranium bomb seemed promising. The Soviet Union would later launch its own atomic program.