The Father of the Atomic Bomb

‘Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.’

Photograph of Julius Robert Oppenheimer by Ed Westcott, 1946 (Wikimedia Commons — image resized by author)

TThe possibility of a nuclear weapon in the hands of the Nazi Party was a terrifying prospect for the Allies during the Second World War. Following the German invasion of Poland in 1939, several European physicists — including Albert Einstein — warned America about the Nazis’ desire to make an atomic bomb. Desperate to outpace…



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