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.

1. Leó Szilárd and Albert Einstein, 1939

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

3. Housing at Los Alamos

4. Hans Bethe and Enrico Fermi Exploring

5. ID Photo of Klaus Fuchs

6. Fuller Lodge of the Los Alamos Site, 1942

7. Enrico Fermi on a Hike with Friends

8. Robert Oppenheimer

9. Ernest Lawrence, Enrico Fermi and I.I. Rabi

10. Main Gate to Los Alamos, 1943

11. James Chadwick and Leslie Groves

12. ID Badges at Los Alamos, 1943

13. Emilio Segrè, Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, H.H. Staub, Victor Weisskopf, Erika Staub and Elfriede Segrè on a Sunday Hike

photos.aip.org / Via Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

14. Emilio Segrè Group

15. Alpha I Calcutron Racetrack at Oak Ridge

16. Otto Frisch Playing the Piano at Los Alamos

17. Fat Man Shake Test, 1945

18. Trinity Test Base Camp, July 1945

19. Louis Slotin with the Trinity Gadget, July 1945

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

21. Trinity Gadget at Base of Tower, 14 July 1945

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

23. Trinity Test, 16 July 1945

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

25. 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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