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The Manhattan Project - 

"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds. "
J. Robert Oppenheimer


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Manhattan Project |1942-1946

Major General Leslie Groves

J. Robert Oppenheimer [Lead Physicist]

6,000 scientists and engineers|130,000 civilians|37 Facilities

Case Study: Girls of Atomic City|Oak Ridge Tennessee



The Manhattan Project  [1942 to 1946] was the codename for the secret US government research and engineering project during the Second World War that developed the world’s first nuclear weapons. President Franklin Roosevelt created a committee to look into the possibility of developing a nuclear weapon after he received a letter from Nobel Prize laureate Albert Einstein in October 1939. In his letter, Einstein warned the president that Nazi Germany was likely already at work on developing a nuclear weapon. By August 1942, the Manhattan Project was underway. 



By 1944, 6,000 scientists and engineers from leading universities and industrial research labs were at work on the development of the world’s first-ever nuclear weapon. Robert Oppenheimer, a physicist, headed the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Manhattan Project’s principal research and development facility. For security reasons, the facility was located in the desert near Los Alamos, New Mexico.



Major General Leslie Groves oversaw the Manhattan Project for the US government. Private corporations, foremost among them DuPont, helped prepare weapons-grade uranium and other components needed to make the bombs.


Nuclear materials were processed in reactors located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and Hanford, Washington. At its peak, the Manhattan Project employed 130,000 Americans at 37 facilities across the country.



The Girls of Atomic City  incredible true story of the top-secret World War II town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the young women brought there unknowingly to help build the atomic bomb







Tabula Notes - Manhattan Project






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