Major General Kenneth Nichols (1907 - 2000) served as Deputy District Engineer of the Manhattan Engineer District.
Nichols was chosen for his role by Colonel James Marshall. Responsible for selecting a construction site, the pair decided on Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Nichols was also in charge of ore procurement. He met with Edgar Sengier, who was expecting the visit and already had 1,200 tons of ore cached at a Staten Island warehose. Arrangements were made to purchase the ore, which originated from the Belgian Congo.