Norman Brown was just a sophomore at MIT when he left to work in the Special Engineer Detachment at Los Alamos. There, Norman worked with transuranic elements essential in developing the atomic bomb. Norman discusses working in Los Alamos and shares his opinions about the development of nuclear weapons.
Los Alamos, NM
I was in the Special Engineer Detachment and I was four-stripe sergeant when I got out of the army in 1946. I worked in a group that was doing primarily coatings for the implosion bomb. I was in the army and I was recruited to be in the Special Engineer Detachment. Of course I was told it was Manhattan Project and since I lived in New York, I thought that was wonderful.
William Spindel was in the Special Engineer Detachment at Oak Ridge and Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project. Spindel worked in a group that helped make coatings for the implosion bomb. He also witnessed the Trinity Test, which he describes as "the most intimidating minute of my life." Spindel also knew David Greenglass, a notorious Soviet spy, who tried to convince Spindel to become a spy.
Theresa Strottman: We are speaking with Ed Doty and we thank you so much for coming today.
Ed Doty: You’re welcome; delighted to be here.
Strottman: To start off the interview could you briefly could you tell me when and where you were born and something about your early education and training.
Theresa Strottman: We are talking with Winston Dabney and we thank you very much for coming.
Winston Dabney: I’m glad to be here.
Strottman: Briefly to begin could you tell us when and where you were born and something about your early education.
Winston Dabney applied to be assigned to the Manhattan Project and was transferred from Camp Claiborne, Louisiana to Los Alamos in early 1944. Shortly after he arrived, Dabney was promoted to Master Sergeant, where he was responsible for sending military records to Oak Ridge, organizing payroll, and ordering military supplies. In his interview, Dabney discusses what it was like to live and work at Los Alamos. He describes working conditions, recreational activities, and housing for military members and briefly touches upon religion and the quality of food.
Theresa Strottman: We are speaking at MIT with Professor French. And we thank you very much for allowing us to interview you here today. To start off the interview, we wonder if you could briefly tell us where you were born and something about your early education and training?
Anthony P. French is a British Physicist who worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos. After graduating from Cambridge University, French began working on the British effort to build an atomic bomb, codename Tube Alloys, at the Cavendish Laboratory. By 1944, Tube Alloys merged with the Manhattan Project and French was sent to Los Alamos. French recounts his time in Los Alamos, working alongside physicists such as Egon Bretscher.
Yvonne Delamater: We are interviewing Lawrence Antos for the Manhattan Project video and we thank you for coming here today all the way from Albuquerque. Briefly tell me when and where you were born and something about your education and training.
Lawrence Antos: I was born in Berlin, Illinois just outside of Chicago. I went to high school. Then I was drafted into the Army in 1942, December. My high school education is the only one I have.