Ed note: The recently released, blockbuster motion picture Oppenheimer — starring Cillian Murphy and directed by Christopher Nolan — has been called a cinematic “masterpiece” and is considered a top Academy Award contender. We urge you to see it.
Julius Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was a theoretical physicist and director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II. He is often credited as the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in organizing the Manhattan Project, the research-and-development undertaking that created the first nuclear weapons.
Oppenheimer also did important research in theoretical astronomy (especially as related to general relativity and nuclear theory), nuclear physics, spectroscopy, and quantum field theory, including its extension into quantum electrodynamics. His work predicted many later finds, which include the neutron, meson and neutron star.
Quotes: “There must be no barriers to freedom of inquiry. There is no place for dogma in science. The scientist is free, and must be free to ask any question, to doubt any assertion, to seek for any evidence, to correct any errors.” ||| “If atomic bombs are to be added as new weapons to the arsenals of a warring world, or to the arsenals of nations preparing for war, then the time will come when mankind will curse the names of Los Alamos and of Hiroshima.”
Learn more about J. Robert Oppenheimer from Wikipedia. ►
Watch “Biography — J. Robert Oppenheimer: Father of the Atomic Bomb” [46:40]. ►
Watch “How the Atomic Bomb Destroyed the Life of its Creator” [17:10]. ►
Watch Oppenheimer: The Decision to Drop the Bomb” [1:26:59]. ►
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