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Verna Hobson

Verna Hobson (1923-2004) was an American secretary.

After moving to Princeton, NJ with her husband Wilder, Verna Hobson soon became a secretary for J. Robert Oppenheimer at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University. Her tenure as his secretary coincided with Oppenheimer's investigation by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC.) 

During this period she became close with the Oppenheimer family, most notable with Oppenheimer's son Peter, to whom Hobson was a "surrogate mother."

Verna Hobson's Timeline

  • 1923 Born.
  • 1954 to 1956 Worked as J. Robert Oppenheimer's secretary at the Institute for Advanced Study.
  • 2004 Apr 13th Died in New Rochelle, NY.

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