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Kay Tracy

Secretary Chicago, IL

Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/Staff
Sketch of Chicago Pile-1 by Melvin A. Miller

Kay Tracy was Arthur Compton’s secretary at the Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago during the Manhattan Project.

Compton said of Tracy, “It was a matter of rare good fortune that from the time the atomic program began to occupy my attention I had as my secretary a person perfectly fitted for meeting with discretion and good humor the many trying situations that arose.”

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