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Philip Morrison

Philip Morrison (1915-2005) was an American physicist.

Morrison studied under J. Robert Oppenheimer at the University of California, Berkeley, and received his Ph.D. in 1940. In 1942, he joined the Chicago Met Lab as a research associate. He transferred to Los Alamos in 1944, where he worked in the critical assemblies group of the Weapon Physics Division and participated in dangerous criticality experiments.

Gunnar Thornton

Gunnar Thornton was a nuclear physicist and engineer that served in the Special Engineer Detachment (SED) at Los Alamos and on Project Alberta in Tinian.

Thornton was recruited into the Manhattan Project straight out of Harvard. At Los Alamos, Thornton worked on the Special Engineer Detachment as an assistant to Commander Francis Birch, testing the performance of plutonium for future use in the “Fat Man.”

Theodore Perlman

Theodore Perlman was an American engineer working at the Los Alamos laboratory during the Manhattan Project. He was 23 when he took part in the deadly "tickling the dragon's tail" experiment with Louis Slotin. He only received 7 rads of radiation from the accident and survived without showing any clinical or laboratory evidence of radiation damage. Prior to that, he had participated in Project Alberta on Tinian Island.

George T. Reynolds

George T. Reynolds was an American physicist and a Naval officer during the Manhattan Project. Reynolds was born in Trenton, NJ on May 27, 1917. He received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 1939 and a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1943.

After receiving his Ph.D., Reynolds was commissioned as an ensign in the US Naval Reserve. He participated in Project Alberta, the team that transported and assembled the two atomic bombs preceding the August 1945 bombing missions on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war, he was sent to Japan to conduct bomb damage analysis.

Wesley R. Prohs

Wesley R. Prohs served in the United States Naval Reserve. He also worked as a member of Project Alberta, the team that transported and assembled the two atomic bombs preceeding the August 1945 bombing missions on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

Thomas H. Olmstead

Thomas H. Olmstead worked as a part of Project Alberta, the team that transported and assembled the two atomic bombs preceeding the August 1945 bombing missions on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Olmstead also worked at Los Alamos.

Barney J. O'Keefe

Barney J. O'Keefe served in the military as an ensign during the war. He was a member of Project Alberta, the team that transported and assembled the two atomic bombs preceeding the August 1945 bombing missions on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He worked on the X-Unit and helped assemble the Fat Man bomb before the bombing of Nagasaki. 

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