Atomic Connections: Other Manhattan Project Sites In Southwest Presented By Gerry Strickfaden Jan. 12

Courtesy/Los Alamos Historical Society



Gerry Strickfaden of Los Alamos will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 12 at Fuller Lodge on four facilities near Albuquerque that engaged with the Manhattan Project.

He will discuss how they came to be and how they contributed to the WW II US atomic bomb project. Each was created at a different time and for a different reason. All four were operating in support of their primary missions when the Manhattan Engineer District built a new base in the Jemez Mountains about 100 miles to the north. 

As the project at Site Y (Los Alamos) grew, it became necessary to reach out to these other installations for specialized assistance. A major aspect of this assistance involved logistics to transport people, equipment, test objects, and eventually the atomic bombs.

Strickfaden is an ENMU and NMSU educated mechanical engineer, retired from Los Alamos Scientific/National Laboratory. He was fortunate to join the Laboratory when it still employed quite a few Manhattan Project veterans, including his first officemate Harlow Russ, and he soaked up a fair bit of Manhattan Project lore. 

Later in his career, Strickfaden had professional reasons to study activities in the early US nuclear weapons program to try to understand the motivations and effects of technological choices. Since retiring, Strickfaden has devoted some time to the study of the history of his native state, New Mexico.