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History Article Roundup – January-March 2019

Lise Meitner

Here is a roundup of interesting content published recently related to the Manhattan Project, World War II, and nuclear history:

  • DOE needs more time for K-25 history projects: Oak Ridge Today reports that the Department of Energy has requested more time to complete its K-25 History Center and related interpretive and preservation projects.
  • Ernest Lawrence’s brilliant failure: Physics Today describes the contributions of Manhattan Project scientists Ernest Lawrence, Luis Alvarez, and Edwin McMillan to the development of color television.
  • Lise Meitner – the forgotten woman of nuclear physics who deserved a Nobel Prize: The Conversation describes Lise Meitner’s (pictured) key contributions to the discovery of nuclear fission, and how as a Jewish woman she was left out of the awards for the discovery.
  • Nagasaki’s educators changing perspective on A-bomb teachings: In Nagasaki, students are being taught more broadly about World War II, with teachers encouraging student dialogue.
  • New Photo Exhibit Brings an Architect’s Eye to Hanford History: Photographer Harley Cowan’s masterful prints of properties in the Hanford unit of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park are now on display at the Allied Arts Gallery at the Park in Richland.
  • The Atomic Soldiers: The New York Times published an op-documentary with interviews of “Atomic Soldiers,” or US soldiers who took part in nuclear weapons tests. They recall witnessing the nuclear tests, and describe how the tests have impacted their life and health.
  • The Secret Life of Mary Lucy Miller: A detailed look at Sgt. Miller, who held a doctorate in chemistry from Columbia University. She worked on plutonium chemistry at Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project.
  • Thousands of A-bomb-themed books searchable on new website: A new website provides bibliographic data on 3,500 books on the atomic bombings of Japan.