J. Robert Oppenheimer
Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 in New York City – February 18, 1967 in Princeton, New Jersey) was an American physicist of Jewish descent. He is best known as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project. In World War II, the project built the first nuclear weapons. That is why Oppenheimer is called "the father of the atomic bomb".
"We knew the world would not be the same", he recalled the moments after the successful testing of the atomic bomb in New Mexico, United States years later. "A few people laughed, a few people cried, most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and to impress him takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that one way or another."
The quote from the Hindu scripture became one of Oppenheimer's most famous quotes.
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University of California Radiation Laboratory staff (including Robert R. Wilson and Nobel prize winners Ernest Lawrence, Edwin McMillan, and Luis Alvarez) on the magnet yoke for the Lua error in Module:Convert at line 1850: attempt to index local 'en_value' (a nil value). cyclotron, 1938. Oppenheimer is the tall figure holding a pipe in the top row, just right of center.
Oppenheimer's ID photo from the Los Alamos Laboratory
Leslie Groves, military head of the Manhattan Project, with Oppenheimer in 1942
Oppenheimer with fellow physicist Albert Einstein, c. 1950
- Jungk 1958, p. 201.