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Atomic FragmentsA Daughter's Questions$
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Mary Palevsky

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780520220553

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520220553.001.0001

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David Hawkins, Chronicler of Los Alamos

David Hawkins, Chronicler of Los Alamos

(p.98) Chapter 4 David Hawkins, Chronicler of Los Alamos
Atomic Fragments

Mary Palevsky

University of California Press

During the time of the interview, David Hawkins was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Colorado. This chapter presents how he came to know Robert Oppenheimer and his mentor Niels Bohr; how he acted as a liaison between the Los Alamos lab's military and civilian populations; the success of the Manhattan Project due primarily to Oppenheimer's efforts; and Hawkins' technical, administrative, and policy-making history of the Los Alamos lab. It notes that a complex institutional structure was developed at the laboratory, with divisions dedicated to theory, chemistry and metallurgy, research, ordnance, explosives, and the Trinity test.

Keywords:   Los Alamos, Philip Morrison, David Hawkins, Robert Oppenheimer, Niels Bohr, Manhattan Project, Trinity test

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