The Atomic Bomb

Nov 16, 1945


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University of Pennsylvania

Robert Oppenheimer spoke about the development and use of the atomic bomb. He talked about atomic weapons as “evil things” and about the ethical application of science and scientific discovery. He also .. Read More
Robert Oppenheimer spoke about the development and use of the atomic bomb. He talked about atomic weapons as “evil things” and about the ethical application of science and scientific discovery. He also expressed his hope that the atomic bomb would never be used again, peaceful use of nuclear technologies, as well as nuclear deterrence.

The physicist known as “the father of the atomic bomb” served as the first director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory beginning in 1943. The first atomic bomb test in New Mexico was on July 16, 1945 and on August 6, 1945 Little Boy was detonated above Hiroshima. After WWII he became chief adviser to the newly-created Atomic Energy Commission.

The program was an audio recording with still images shown. The speech was delivered at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. It is presented courtesy of the American Philosophical Society Library.

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