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Any capable physicist 1939–1941

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 20130 words.

Chapter 5 traces the early steps in nuclear weapons research in Britain, United States, Germany, USSR, and Japan, In Britain, the focus is on the work of the Maud Committee, of which Simon...

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Berlin 1919−1930

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 4081 words.

Chapter 2 describes Franz’s return to education, his marriage in 1922, and the early years of family life, including the births and early development of his two daughters. It also follows...

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Breslau 1931–1933

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 9068 words.

Chapter 3 begins with Simon’s appointment to a chair and institute directorship in Breslau, a permanent position. A previous commitment, however, had offered him a prestigious visiting...

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Germany in the balance

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 20401 words.

Chapter 10 outlines the gradual renewal of contact with former German colleagues. It show s Simon prepared to defend vigorously antinazi academics in universities where they were often a...

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Growing up into a world at war

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 5812 words.

Chapter 1 follows Simon’s education in some detail, which was interrupted after a year of university by military callup in 1913. After 1914 this service stretched to six years, until 1919....

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Industrial Plants . . . Heretofore Deemed Impossible 1942–1945

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 28691 words.

Chapter 6 is primarily an account of American mobilization and the long and arduous Manhattan project under General Groves. The chapter traces the U.K.-U.S. alliance through the initial...

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Nuclear Dawn

Kenneth D. McRae.

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Book. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 320 pages.

This book is a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics...

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Oxford 1933–1939

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 13927 words.

Chapter 4 describes the many sided adjustments of an immigrant Simon family adapting to life in a different culture. Increasing effort in this period was devoted to the rescue of relatives...

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A rounded life

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 12255 words.

Chapter 11 examines other topics that fill out Simon’s biography and chart his final year more closely. The section traces the family vacation preferences, and the importance of vacations...

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Security lapses

Kenneth D. McRae.

in Nuclear Dawn

March 2014; p ublished online May 2014 .

Chapter. Subjects: History of Science and Technology; Nuclear Physics. 6926 words.

Chapter 9 deals with the systematic efforts of the USSR to stay abreast of its nuclear rivals through systematic espionage since the German invasion in 1941 had forced a halt in the Soviet...

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