Talk Sunday at Bradbury Science Museum
Jewish scientists played a key role in Los Alamos’ Manhattan Project effort to develop the first atomic bombs.
The role of these research luminaries in LANL’s Theoretical Division, such as Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, Richard Feynman and John von Neumann among others are explored in a talk Sunday at the Bradbury Science Museum.
When: 3 p.m., Oct. 14
Where: Bradbury Science Museum, 15th Street and Central Avenue.
The talk, “Jews in Theory: A Snapshot of Theoretical Division at Los Alamos in 1945″ by Jack Shlachter, LANL’s Theoretical Division deputy division leader, is open to the public.
Shlacter is a local rabbi. All events at LANL’s Bradbury Science Museum are free.
Shlacter notes key positions within Theoretical Division that were held by scientists like Bethe, who J. Robert Oppenheimer chose to run the division, and in 1967 won a Nobel Prize in physics.
Acccording to Shlacter, four future Nobel Laureates, all Jewish, worked in the Theoretical Division during its Manhattan Project heyday, and almost 25 percent of its employees were Jewish.