“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Interview from television documentary The Decision to Drop the Bomb, broadcast by NBC, USA, Tuesday 5 January 1965
Julius Robert Oppenheimer (born 22 April 1904; died 18 February 1967) was professor of physics at the University of California before he was invited to work for the American government. Oppenheimer’s fame relates to his direction of the Manhattan Project based at the secret Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. This controversial initiative, set up during (and because of) World War II, was established to build the world’s first nuclear weapon. Some gave Oppenheimer a title of dubious honour: “The Father of the Atomic Bomb”.
The first atomic bomb test took ...