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24 Extraordinary Photos Of The Making Of The Atomic Bomb

Images of the incredible individuals behind the Manhattan Project and their lives at Los Alamos.

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Leó Szilárd and Albert Einstein, 1939

Ernest Lawrence, Arthur Compton, Vannevar Bush, James Bryant Conant, Karl Compton and Alfred Loomis at UC Berkeley, March 1940

Housing at Los Alamos

Hans Bethe and Enrico Fermi Exploring

ID Photo of Klaus Fuchs

Fuller Lodge of the Los Alamos Site, 1942

Enrico Fermi on a Hike with Friends

Robert Oppenheimer

Ernest Lawrence, Enrico Fermi and I.I. Rabi

Main Gate to Los Alamos, 1943

James Chadwick and Leslie Groves

ID Badges at Los Alamos, 1943

Emilio Segrè, Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, H.H. Staub, Victor Weisskopf, Erika Staub and Elfriede Segrè on a Sunday Hike / Via Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Emilio Segrè Group

Alpha I Calcutron Racetrack at Oak Ridge

Otto Frisch Playing the Piano at Los Alamos

Fat Man Shake Test, 1945

Trinity Test Base Camp, July 1945

Louis Slotin with the Trinity Gadget, July 1945

Robert Oppenheimer Overseeing the Final Assembly of the Trinity Gadget, 13 July 1945

Trinity Gadget at Base of Tower, 14 July 1945

Norris Bradbury with the Assembled Trinity Gadget in Tower, 15 July 1945

Trinity Test, 16 July 1945

Robert Oppenheimer and Leslie Groves Examining the Remains of the Trinity Test Tower, July 1945

Post inspired by "The Making of the Atomic Bomb" by Richard Rhodes. All photos from the Los Alamos National Laboratory Flickr account except where otherwise noted.

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