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William J. Wilcox, Jr.

Bill Wilcox (1923-2013) was an original resident of Oak Ridge, TN, and served as the Official Historian for the City of Oak Ridge, TN.

A chemistry graduate from Washington & Lee University in 1943, he was hired by the Tennessee Eastman Company on a secret project in an unknown location he and his friends nicknamed "Dogpatch." He worked with uranium, which was referred to only by its codename "Tuballoy." Wilcox worked at Y-12 for five years and then at K-25 for 20 years, retiring as Technical Director for Union Carbide Nuclear Division.

Wilcox actively promoted preservation of the history of the "Secret City" through the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association and by founding the Partnership for K-25 Preservation. He also published several books on Oak Ridge, including a history of Y-12 and "Opening the Gates of the Secret City."

William J. Wilcox, Jr.'s Timeline

  • 1923 Jan 25th Born.
  • 1943 May Took work with the Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY
  • 1944 Feb Distilled the first sample of enriched uranium from the Y-12 reactor.

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