The Manhattan Project

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Dorothy Wilkinson

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Dorothy worked at Oak Ridge during the Manhattan Project as a “calutron girl.” After her brother was killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor, she was eager to join the war effort, and did so starting in 1944. She met her future husband, Paul Wilkinson, on her first day at Oak Ridge, and married him three months later. The two have lived at Oak Ridge ever since.