J. Robert Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer, J. Robert

American theoretical Physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley (1904-1967). Autograph letter signed. Corvallis. 26.4.1955. 8vo. 1 p. Hotel Benton stationary.
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Addressed to Dr. Aida Sloan, Pacific Palisades, California. In his letter to Dr. Sloan, Oppenheimer writes: "Thank you for your birthday card, & for the good intelligence that it brought. I have never had a nicer or more welcome message from someone unknown to me; & I write with appreciation & gratitude. With every good wish Robert Oppenheimer" J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) was an American theoretical Physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Oppenheimer was the wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is among those who are credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons.

The first atomic bomb was successfully detonated on July 16, 1945 and were used in the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. After the war ended, Oppenheimer became chairman of the influential General Advisory Committee of the newly created U.S. Atomic Energy Commission. He used that position to lobby against nuclear proliferation and a nuclear arms race with the Soviet Union. He opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb and took stances on defense-related issues that provoked the ire of some factions in the U.S. government and military. As a teacher and promoter of science, he is remembered as a founding father of the American school of theoretical physics that gained world prominence in the 1930s. After World War II, he became director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton New Jersey. Letter has the usual folds; otherwise letter postal cover in very good condition..

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