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  • 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.
    • Val Fitch's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 12 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 518 views
      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...
    • Gwen Groves Robinson's Interview - Duration: 56 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 489 views
      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...
    • Robert Furman's Interview - Duration: 2 hours, 10 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 710 views
      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...
    • Denise Kiernan's Interview - Duration: 54 minutes.

      • 10 months ago
      • 399 views
      Denise Kiernan has worked as a journalist and producer. She is best known for The Girls of Atomic City, which came out in March 2013 and immediately shot to the top of the New York Times bestseller...
    • Freeman Dyson's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 49 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 3,967 views
      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...
    • Rose Bethe's Interview - Duration: 2 hours, 18 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 986 views
      Rose Bethe and her husband, Nobel Prize winner Hans Bethe, moved to Los Alamos in early 1943 when Hans was appointed leader of the Theoretical Division for the Manhattan Project. During the initial...
    • Bill Wilcox's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 22 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 917 views
      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...
    • Vera Kistiakowsky's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 42 minutes.

      • 11 months ago
      • 428 views
      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.

      • 5 months ago
      • 268 views
      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...
    • Lilli Hornig's Interview - Duration: 1 hour.

      • 2 years ago
      • 776 views
      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...
    • Richard Rhodes's Interview - Duration: 1 hour, 13 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,444 views
      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...
    • Tom Forkner's Interview - Duration: 58 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      • 473 views
      Tom Forkner was a US Army lieutenant and logistics officer who held positions in Oak Ridge, Tennessee and the Manhattan Engineer District headquarters in New York. Prior to joining the Manhattan Pr...
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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
      • 12,633 views
      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
      • 6,113 views
      This vignette gives viewer a quick overview of the front face of the B Reactor.
    • Loading the Reactor - Duration: 80 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 74,549 views
      Vignette describing the loading of uranium fuel into the B Reactor.
    • SCRAM it! - Duration: 2 minutes, 50 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 20,595 views
      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
      • 18,725 views
      Control Room vignette from B Reactor tour
    • A Mysterious Failure - Duration: 3 minutes, 56 seconds.

      • 7 years ago
      • 5,881 views
      Vignette from the Control Room of the B Reactor describing a problem at reactor start up.
    • Far Out Science - Duration: 111 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 1,037 views
      Vignette on the history and science of plutonium and its role in the Manhattan Project.
    • Two Seconds - Duration: 2 minutes, 34 seconds.

      • 1 year ago
      • 3,531 views
      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
      • 4,323 views
      An overview of the plutonium processing facilities at Hanford.
    • A River Runs Past It - Duration: 2 minutes, 10 seconds.

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

      • 7 years ago
      • 2,333 views
      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
      • 11,841 views
      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
      • 1,112 views
      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
      • 5,207 views
      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
      • 5,707 views
      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
      • 3,291 views
      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
      • 7,474 views
      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
      • 5,195 views
      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.

      • 3 years ago
      • 652 views
      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
      • 6,084 views
      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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  • 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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