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Oral History
Trisha Pritikin’s Interview
August 9, 2018
Cindy Kelly: I’m Cindy Kelly. It is May 15, 2018, and I’m at the University of California, Berkeley. I have with me Trisha Pritikin, and I first want to ask her to say her name and spell it. Trisha Pritikin: Okay. Trisha Pritikin is T-r-i-s-h-a, Pritikin is P-r-i-t-i-k-i-n. I was born and raised in Richland, Washington, […]
Oral History
The Element Hunters: The Discovery of Mendelevium
June 9, 2017
[Many thanks to Claude Lyneis for donating this footage to the Atomic Heritage Foundation.] Claude Lyneis: On November 1, 1952, Operation Ivy Mike detonated the first hydrogen bomb in the South Pacific. A monster ten-megaton blast, it created a huge radioactive cloud, which rose to 130,000 feet with a twenty-mile-wide stem. U.S. Air Force F-84 […]
Oral History
Geoffrey Chew’s Interview
December 5, 2016
Cindy Kelly: Okay, I am Cindy Kelly. This is Tuesday, August 9, 2016 in Berkeley, California. I have with me Dr. Geoffrey Chew. My first question to him is to say and spell his name. Geoffrey Chew: Geoffrey Chew, G-E-O-F-F-R-E-Y C-H-E-W. Kelly: Very good, so now we will move on to some harder stuff. If […]
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Esther Floth’s Interview
October 19, 2016
Cindy Kelly: Okay, I am Cindy Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation. It’s August 9, 2016 and we are in Berkeley, California. I have with me Esther Floth. Our first question I want to ask is for her to tell us your name and to spell it. Esther Floth: My name is Esther Marie Green Floth. It’s […]
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Robert Thornton’s Interview
January 28, 2015
Groueff: Hello? Hello? Recording, San Francisco, Berkeley, February 9, 1965. Robert Thornton: Well my first connection with the radiation laboratory was in about 1933 when I came here on a post-doctoral fellowship because it was not long before then. And I then was working with Professor [Ernest] Lawrence and others on the development on the […]
Oral History
Harold Fidler’s Interview
January 21, 2015
Stephane Groueff: Berkeley, California. Recording, 1, 2, 3. Harold Fidler: I remember when I first heard about the project was the middle of August of 1942. We knew that Colonel [James C.] Marshall, who was a district engineer at the Syracuse District of the Army Corps of Engineers, was being asked to set up a […]
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Eleanor Irvine Davisson’s Interview
Stephane Groueff:  You were the secretary for Dr. [Ernest] Lawrence since— Eleanor Irvine: I came to work in October 1945. I was with him until his death. Then I stayed right along with Dr. [Edwin] McMillan. Groueff: I see. What was your name then? Irvine: Eleanor Irvine, I-R-V-I-N-E. Groueff: I see. How did you meet […]
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Wallace Reynolds’s, Duane Sewell’s, and Elmer Kelly’s Interview
July 28, 2014
Groueff: It is February 8, [1965] at Berkeley, California. We have Dr. Reynolds. Wallace B. Reynolds: It is Mr. Reynolds. Groueff: It is Mr. Reynolds. Duane C. Sewell: Mr. Sewell. Groueff: Sewell. Elmer Kelly: Elmer Kelly. Groueff: There is Mr. Kelly. You understood my problems? I want to even dramatize the difficulties. If you have […]