Meyer Steinberg is a chemical engineer and a veteran of the Special Engineer Detachment. After graduating from Cooper Union College with a degree in chemical engineering, Steinberg was drafted and placed in the Special Engineer Detachment at Oak Ridge. There, he worked for Kellex helping turn plutonium oxide into carbon tetrfluoride. In 1945, Steinberg was transferred to Los Alamos, where he worked under Dr. Morris Kolodney at DP site to produce plutonium for the Gadget and Fat Man bombs.
After the war, Steinberg returned to graduate school and received an advanced engineering degree from The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. In 1957, he began working at Brookhaven National Laboratory and went on to become an expert on greenhouse gases. He retired with 38 patents, 500 scientific publications and a book on the effects of CO2 and global warming on the environment.