• David Kaiser on Manhattan Project Innovations

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    Dr. David Kaiser is the Germeshausen Professor of the History of Science and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He discusses the Manhattan Project and its legacy of innovations.

    For more on Manhattan Project Innovations, visit the Atomic Heritage Foundation's online "Ranger in Your Pocket" tour of Manhattan Project Innovations: http://www.atomicheritage.o... Show less
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  • Trinity Test Play all

    The unique videos capture the scientists preparing for the world's first nuclear test, the test itself, and the aftermath.

    Special thanks to Trinity Remembered (http://www.trinityremembered.com/) for providing the Atomic Heritage Foundation with these videos.
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  • Manhattan Project Oral Histories Play all

    The Atomic Heritage Foundation has collected hundreds oral histories of Manhattan Project veterans and their families. To view the full collection, visit manhattanprojectvoices.org, which also includes information on each Manhattan Project site and the transcripts of all the interviews.
    • Bill Wilcox's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      Bill Wilcox, currently the Official Historian for the City of Oak Ridge, discusses the origins of Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project. A chemistry graduate from Washington & Lee University in 19...
    • Gwen Groves Robinson's Interview - Duration: 56 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Gwen Groves Robinson is the daughter of General Leslie Groves, who served as the head of the Manhattan Project. A teenager during the project, she recalls visiting Gen. Groves in his office in Wash...
    • Richard Rhodes's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      In this interview, Richard Rhodes, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Making of the Atomic Bomb," discusses the selection of the Hanford site and explains DuPont’s important role in the Manhatta...
    • Isabella Karle's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 31 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      Manhattan Project veteran and award-winning chemist Isabella Karle is a pioneer in the field of crystallography. Her work on molecular structures and plutonium extraction and purification has had a...
    • Val Fitch's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      Val Fitch is a Nobel-Prize-winning physicist who worked in nuclear physics at Los Alamos. He was drafted into the Special Engineer Detachment, and remembers George Kistiakowsky getting the SED spec...
    • Lilli Hornig's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes.

      • 3 months ago
      Born in Czechoslovakia, Lilli Hornig and her family immigrated to the United States from Berlin after her father was threatened with imprisonment in a concentration camp. She was a young chemist wh...
    • Freeman Dyson's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      Freeman Dyson is an esteemed mathematician and theoretical physicist at Princeton’s Institute for Advanced Study. In this interview, Dyson discusses his work at England’s Bomber Command in World Wa...
    • Vera Kistiakowsky's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Vera Kistiakowsky is an American physicist and the daughter of physical chemist George Kistiakowsky, who directed the Explosives Division at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project and later served...
    • Rosemary Lane's Interview - Duration: 57 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      Rosemary Lane was the Head Nurse at the Oak Ridge Hospital during the years of the Manhattan Project. In this interview, Lane provides a detailed account of the wartime rise of Oak Ridge, Tennessee...
    • Norman Brown's Interview - Duration: 10 minutes.

      • 4 months ago
      Norman Brown was just a sophomore at MIT when he left to work in the Special Engineer Detachment at Los Alamos. There, Norman worked with transuranic elements essential in developing the atomic bom...
    • Robert Furman's Interview - Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      Robert Furman served as General Leslie Groves' personal assistant throughout the war. He coordinated and was a part of the Alsos Mission, which involved harrowing espionage missions across Europe t...
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  • Hanford's B Reactor Play all

    The B Reactor at Hanford was the first industrial-sized nuclear reactor. The B Reactor produced the plutonium used in the "Gadget," the atomic device used in the Trinity test, and "Fat Man," the bomb dropped on Nagasaki. These videos tell the story of the history, science, and engineering behind the B Reactor. For more about Hanford and the B Reactor, visit the Atomic Heritage Foundation's online "Ranger in Your Pocket" tour: http://www.atomicheritage.org/tours
    • Welcome to the B Reactor - Duration: 8 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Welcome to the B Reactor, the first industrial-scale nuclear reactor. The B Reactor produced plutonium for the atomic bombs during the Manhattan Project.
    • A Brief Tour - Duration: 3 minutes, 42 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This vignette gives viewer a quick overview of the front face of the B Reactor.
    • Loading the Reactor - Duration: 80 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Vignette describing the loading of uranium fuel into the B Reactor.
    • SCRAM it! - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Vignette from the Control Room of B Reactor discussing how the reactor was shut down in case of an emergency.
    • The Control Room - Duration: 3 minutes, 36 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Control Room vignette from B Reactor tour
    • A Mysterious Failure - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Vignette from the Control Room of the B Reactor describing a problem at reactor start up.
    • Far Out Science - Duration: 111 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      Vignette on the history and science of plutonium and its role in the Manhattan Project.
    • Two Seconds - Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      Vignette discusses the importance of graphite blocks in building early nuclear reactors, including Enrico Fermi's Chicago Pile-1 and Hanford's B Reactor.
    • Queen Mary of the Desert - Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      An overview of the plutonium processing facilities at Hanford.
    • A River Runs Past It - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

      • 2 years ago
      Vignette on the Columbia River's role in cooling the B Reactor at Hanford.
    • The Final Products - Duration: 82 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Describes the transportation of the plutonium made in Hanford to the laboratory in Los Alamos, NM.
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    • Fuel in the Pool - Duration: 2 minutes, 58 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Vignette from Fuel Storage Basin at Hanford's B Reactor
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  • The Manhattan Project in Los Alamos Play all

    Los Alamos was the site of the weapons laboratory of the Manhattan Project, where J. Robert Oppenheimer and his fellow scientists and engineers designed and built the first atomic bombs. These vignettes relate the history of Los Alamos; discuss the life of General Leslie Groves, the head of the Manhattan Project; and the importance of preserving Los Alamos historical sites for future generations.
    • Why Preserve the Properties of Los Alamos? - Duration: 4 minutes, 7 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      An overview of the importance of preserving Los Alamos's Manhattan Project for future generations.
    • Los Alamos Technical Area and Little Boy Building - Duration: 2 minutes, 5 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This video looks at the area where Los Alamos's laboratories once were and at the building where the "Little Boy" bomb was assembled.
    • The Oppenheimer House - Duration: 77 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      This video looks at the house where Robert Oppenheimer lived during the Manhattan Project.
    • Gen. Leslie Groves Part II - Duration: 5 minutes, 24 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      General Leslie Groves coordinated the Manhattan Project, the World War II project to create an atomic bomb. Part 2 of 2.
    • Gen. Leslie Groves - Duration: 7 minutes, 47 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      General Leslie Groves coordinated the Manhattan Project, the World War II era project to create an atomic bomb. Part 1 of 2.
    • The Birth of Los Alamos - Duration: 4 minutes.

      • 7 years ago
      Part of the film "A Sense of Place," this clip looks at the history of Los Alamos, NM up to and including its transformation into a Manhattan Project laboratory.
    • Jon Hunner: J. Robert Oppenheimer - Duration: 8 minutes, 22 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      Jon Hunner on J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the Los Alamos laboratory that developed the first atomic bombs.
    • Plutonium and the Concrete Bowl - Duration: 4 minutes, 21 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      Plutonium was a new and exotic substance at the time of the Manhattan Project. The engineers often went to great lengths in designing apparatus that would preserve the plutonium if their experimen...
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  • 70th Anniversary of the Manhattan Project Play all

    On June 2-3, 2015, the Atomic Heritage Foundation hosted a reunion and symposium commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Manhattan Project at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC. Manhattan Project veterans shared their stories. Audience members also heard from experts on topics including innovation, women in science, atomic spies, and the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.
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  • AHF Workshop: Interpreting the Manhattan Project Play all

    The Atomic Heritage Foundation conducted a two-day conference in Washington, D.C., bringing together scholars, researchers, museum experts, and informal science education professionals to explore new ways to engage the public in issues at the interface of science and society. The conference considered recent scholarship about the Manhattan Project and determine how the issues of science and society raised by the development of the atomic bomb can inform and be integrated with contemporary issues.

    The workshop's goals were to advance the inter-disciplinary scholarship and to generate a set of ideas and recommendations for the development of exhibits, programs and media about this topic and its relevance to the 21st Century. The participants grappled with the challenges that arise when presenting issues raised by science in the context of history, society and culture.

    The workshop was funded by the National Science Foundation's Informal Science Education program in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) and the Science, Technology and Society Program in the Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE).
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