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David Hawkins, Chronicler of Los Alamos

Mary Palevsky

in Atomic Fragments

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2000 | ISBN: 9780520220553
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520923652 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520220553.003.0005
David Hawkins, Chronicler of Los Alamos

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During the time of the interview, David Hawkins was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. This chapter presents how he came to know Robert Oppenheimer and his mentor Niels Bohr; how he acted as a liaison between the Los Alamos lab's military and civilian populations; the success of the Manhattan Project due primarily to Oppenheimer's efforts; and Hawkins' technical, administrative, and policy-making history of the Los Alamos lab. It notes that a complex institutional structure was developed at the laboratory, with divisions dedicated to theory, chemistry and metallurgy, research, ordnance, explosives, and the Trinity test.

Keywords: Los Alamos; Philip Morrison; David Hawkins; Robert Oppenheimer; Niels Bohr; Manhattan Project; Trinity test

Chapter.  9764 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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