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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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Joseph Rotblat, Pugwash Pioneer

Joseph Rotblat, Pugwash Pioneer

(p.160) Chapter 6 Joseph Rotblat, Pugwash Pioneer
Atomic Fragments

Mary Palevsky

University of California Press

In October 1995, Joseph Rotblat and the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs had received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Nobel committee recognized Pugwash's work in bringing together scientists and decision makers, in spite of political differences, to collaborate for the reduction of the nuclear threat. His wife and family perished in the Holocaust. Rotblat's work with James Chadwick led to his membership on the British bomb team and to the Manhattan Project—Chadwick headed Britain's scientific mission to Los Alamos. This chapter presents his views on the good and evil of atomic energy to mankind; his opposition to the atomic attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; General Leslie Groves' views on using the bomb to subdue the Russians; and the Oppenheimer trial.

Keywords:   Joseph Rotblat, Pugwash Conference, Nobel Peace Prize, James Chadwick, Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, Poland, atomic energy, Leslie Groves, Oppenheimer trial

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