J. Robert Oppenheimer


Born
in New York, The United States
April 22, 1904

Died
February 18, 1967

Genre

Influences


Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is often called the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945 in the Trinity test in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

After the war he became a chief adviser to the newly created United States Atomic Energy Commission and used that position to lobby for international control of nuclear power to avert nuclear proliferation
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Atom And Void: Essays On Sc...

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The Open Mind

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Science and the Common Unde...

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In the Matter of J. Robert ...

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Uncommon Sense

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Robert Oppenheimer: Letters...

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The Flying Trapeze: Three C...

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Lectures on Electrodynamics

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“Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Robert Oppenheimer

“In battle, in forest, at the precipice in the mountains,
On the dark great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows,
In sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame,
The good deeds a man has done before defend him.”
Robert Oppenheimer

“We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another.”
J. Robert Oppenheimer

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