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Reflections on the Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Oral History
Yoshiro Yamawaki’s Interview
April 10, 2024
[Note: This interview contains graphic descriptions of the aftermath of the atomic bombing.] Cindy Kelly: I want to begin by saying it’s February 19, 2019 and we are in Nagasaki, Japan. If you could introduce yourself–say your name and spell it. Just tell me your name. Yoshiro Yamawaki: My name is Yoshiro Yamawaki, Y-O-S-H-I-R-O Y-A-M-A-W-A-K-I. […]
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Keiki Ogura’s Interview
Keiko Ogura: This is the west end. There was a hill. People rushed to the foot of this hill for fleeing from the city. And then you see the white area. That is the sea area. We are facing south, the southern area, here. Usually, we see Miyajima Island around here. This one, maybe. And […]
Oral History
Virginia Ballard’s Interview
May 28, 2019
Virginia Ballard: I was born in Charleston, West Virginia. When I finished ninth grade, my dad, who worked for DuPont in Bell, West Virginia, was transferred to Morgantown, West Virginia. We moved to Morgantown in the summer of 1942. In 1943, near the end of 1943, DuPont asked Dad to transfer to Richland, Washington, and […]
Oral History
Masao Tomonaga’s Interview
May 14, 2019
 [Note: This interview contains graphic descriptions of the injuries suffered by atomic bomb victims.]  Cindy Kelly: It is February 19, 2019, and I am in Nagasaki. [I am] Cindy Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation. I would like to have my guest say his full name and spell it. Masao Tomonaga: My name is Masao Tomonaga, honorary director […]
Oral History
Richard Rhodes’ Interview (2018)
April 29, 2019
Cindy Kelly: I’m Cindy Kelly, Atomic Heritage Foundation. It is Tuesday, November 27, 2018, and I have with me Richard Rhodes. My first question for him is to please say his name and spell it. Richard Rhodes: Richard Rhodes, R-h-o-d-e-s. Kelly:  Okay. Richard wants to share some of his expertise on the history of the […]
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Nancy K. Nelson’s Interview (2018)
April 4, 2019
Alexandra Levy: I’m Alexandra Levy with the Atomic Heritage Foundation. It is September 13, 2018, and I’m here in Chantilly, Virginia with Nancy Nelson. My first question is to please say your name and spell it. Nancy Nelson: Nancy, N-a-n-c-y Nelson, N-e-l-s-o-n. I live in Riverside, California. My husband was Richard H. Nelson, the radio […]
Oral History
Philip S. Anderson, Jr.’s Interview
March 29, 2019
Nathaniel Weisenberg: My name is Nate Weisenberg. I am here with the Atomic Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. It is Tuesday, May 22, 2018, and I am here with Philip S. Anderson. My first question for you is if you could please tell me your name and spell it. Philip S. Anderson: My name is […]
Oral History Interviewee
Philip S. Anderson, Jr.
March 28, 2019
Philip S. Anderson, Jr. lived in Oak Ridge from his second-grade year through his junior year of high school. His father, an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was responsible for housing at Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project; his mother was active in the Oak Ridge community. In this interview, Anderson remembers […]
Oral History
Raymond Sheline’s Lecture
December 5, 2018
[Many thanks to Jonathan Sheline for donating this video to the Atomic Heritage Foundation.] Raymond Sheline: This talk today gives me a certain amount of anxiety, because it’s different than any other chemistry talk I’ve ever given. First of all, it’s kind of autobiographical, and that’s always a little embarrassing. Secondly, it’s maybe more nearly the […]
Oral History Interviewee
Raymond Sheline
Raymond Sheline was a chemist at Columbia University and a member of the Special Engineer Detachment at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos. Sheline received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1949 and was a professor at Florida State University for 48 years. Among other accomplishments, he helped establish a nuclear chemistry […]