J. Robert Oppenheimer

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Person.png J. Robert Oppenheimer   SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Died1967-02-18 (Age 62)
Princeton, New Jersey
Alma materHarvard University, Christ's College (Cambridge), University of Göttingen
SpouseKatherine "Kitty" Puening Harrison
Member ofCommittee on the Present Danger/Members
InterestsTheoretical physics
Developer of the US atomic bomb.
Recollections of the first atomic explosion at Alamogordo, New Mexico on 16 July 1945

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (22 April 1904 – 18 February 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. As the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, Oppenheimer is among those who are called the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons used in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The first atomic bomb was detonated on 16 July 1945, at the Trinity test site in New Mexico. Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." - See video clip

Oppenheimer was a member of the first Committee on the Present Danger.

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