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Sherman Fried

Research Assistant; Chemistry DivisionChicago, IL

University of California, Berkeley
Manhattan Project VeteranProject Worker/Staff

Sherman Fried was a chemist at the University of Chicago’s Metallurgical Laboratory (“Met Lab”) during the Manhattan Project.

Fried received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. From 1942 to 1943, he worked at Northwestern University. In 1943, he joined the Met Lab as a chemistry research assistant.

He was also one of seventy scientists to sign the Szilard Petition. Written by physicist Leo Szilard, the document petitioned the President to decide against dropping the atomic bomb on Japan.

Following World War II, he remained in the Chicago area and worked at Argonne National Laboratory, the predecessor to the Met Lab. Later, Fried worked at the University of California Berkeley’s Radiation Laboratory from 1960 to 1966. His research focus was the chemistry of actinide elements.


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