Who’s Who

This list is (currently) in no particular order. I’m filling it in as names come up in the weblog. (UPDATE: Actually, I’m failing to fill it out as names come up…. there is just too much to get the posts written and “queued up” without coming to another page and giving background. I’m trying to fill in the essential information in the course of the posts. Or, failing that, linking to a bio page on the person)

Groves. General Leslie Groves. After building the Pentagon, Groves was put in charge of the special project. It was called MED or Manhattan Engineering District, or the Manhattan Project. He oversaw the whole thing, from science and engineering (mostly at Los Alamos) to the Hanford, WA center (where the nuclear reactors were built that would convert uranium into plutonium) and the Oak Ridge, TN, facility (where Uranium was enriched, or separated…. the highly explosive (and rarer) isotope, U-235 needed to be separated from its more plentiful atomic isotope brethren, U-238. Toward the conclusion of the war, Groves was also in charge of
Author of the book, Now It Can Be Told

Oppenheimer, J. Robert. “Oppie” the director of the Los Alamos Lab.

Oppenheimer, Peter. Brother of J. Robert. Physicist. Came to help out on the Trinity Test site, working with Trinity Site Director Kenneth Bainbridge.

Bainbridge. Kenneth T, Dr. A physicist with undergraduate training in electrical engineering. Placed in charge of the Trinity test by General Groves.

Kistiakowsky. Chemist. In charge of the implosion “lenses” — two sets of explosive charges that focus the explosion inward. One set is more powerful than the other. Together, they focus the explosive energy inward, toward the plutonium core.