The Manhattan Project

In partnership with the National Museum of Nuclear Science & HistoryNational Museum of Nuclear Science & History

Rebecca Bradford Diven

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Becky Diven began her work for the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos in 1944, where she developed a quartz fiber microbalance to weigh extremely small amounts of plutonium. Diven discusses what it was like for women working at the Manhattan Project and explains her interaction with the wives of male scientists working at Los Alamos. In addition, Diven talks about workers’ relations with the Pueblos, most of whom worked as maids or janitors.