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Oral History
Reginald C. Augustine’s Interview
April 19, 2019
[The Atomic Heritage Foundation is grateful to the Augustine family for donating this interview for publication.] Dolores Augustine: Today is January 1st, 2007, and behind the camera is Dr. Dolores Augustine of St. John’s University, New York. I am interviewing Mr. Reginald C. Augustine about the Alsos Mission. So, go ahead. You can start talking […]
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Spencer Weart’s Interview
July 17, 2018
Cindy Kelly: I’m Cindy Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation. I am in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. It is Friday, May 11, 2018. I have with me Spencer Weart. My first question is to ask him to say his name and spell it. Spencer Weart: I am Spencer Weart, W-E-A-R-T, like heart. Kelly: Great. Spencer, you are a physicist. […]
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Robert Serber’s Interview (1982)
August 11, 2016
Martin Sherwin: I’m interviewing Robert Serber at his home in New York City. Date is January 9th, 1982. Let me just begin at the beginning and ask you, how did you get to Berkeley? Why did you go there? Serber: I got my degree at Wisconsin with [John] Van Vleck, and that was ’34. You didn’t have […]
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David Bohm’s Interview
August 1, 2016
Martin Sherwin: At the Stanhope Hotel in New York, June 15th, 1979. David Bohm: I met him in about 1941. I went to Caltech to do graduate work, and I wasn’t very satisfied there. It was much too limited technically. Sherwin: Where did you do your undergraduate work? Bohm: At Pennsylvania State College. Now it’s called […]
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Peter Lax’s Interview
February 18, 2016
Cindy Kelly: My name is Cindy Kelly with the Atomic Heritage Foundation. It is January 8, 2016, and I am in New York City with Peter Lax. My first question for him is to say his name and spell it. Peter Lax: Peter Lax, spelled L-A-X. Kelly: Great, thank you. So I would love to […]
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Robert Serber’s Interview (1994)
June 17, 2015
Robert Serber: Ernest [Lawrence] got overexcited about the Russian bomb. I imagine that [Edward] Teller called him and got him worked up. I warned him about Edward’s Super, that it wasn’t a practical idea at the moment. I told him if he wanted to really find out he should talk to [Hans] Bethe, but he […]
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Colonel James C. Marshall’s Interview
September 23, 2014
Stephane Groueff: General James Marshall, New York, November 4, 1965. Groueff: When and how and where did you first learn about the project and who assigned you and where and when? All the details of your assignment. James Marshall: My journal, kept for many years, shows that on June 17, 1942 – which was a […]
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Lauchlin M. Currie’s Interview
July 28, 2014
Stephane Groueff: Recording of interview with Dr. Lauchlin Currie, C-U-R-R-I-E; New York, May 13, 1965. Dr. Lauchlin Currie: When the war broke out I was superintendent of the Bakelite Plant at Bound Brook, New Jersey. As a reserve officer then, I got reassigned to work on the proximity fuse program. Groueff: You were in uniform? […]
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James B. Conant’s Interview
July 9, 2014
Stephane Groueff:  Interview with Dr. James Conant. Dr. James Conant, New York, October 11, 1965.  Dr. James Conant:  I don’t remember anything about it, frankly. And I’m amazed at what people are writing about it [referring to “The New World, 1939-1946: A History of the United States Atomic Energy Commission,” Vol. I, by Richard G. […]
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Benjamin Bederson’s Interview
February 4, 2013
Benjamin Bederson: I’m Benjamin Bederson. Cindy Kelly: Can you spell it? Bederson: B-E-D-E-R-S-O-N. Sometimes it’s called “Bederson.” I say Bederson.  Kelly: And what was your birth date? Bederson: I was born November 15, 1921. I’m about to have my 90th birthday next month. Kelly: You are phenomenal. This man looks like he’s sixty-five. Bederson: I like to say I’m on a plateau. But you know what a […]