AUTHORBernstein, Jeremy
TITLEOppenheimer: Portrait of an Enigma
CITYChicago, IL

This short biography explores the complex personality of physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer using materials and interviews collected since the 1950s by the author. Jeremy Bernstein, a physicist and historian of the nuclear age, knew Oppenheimer personally during his tenure as director of the Institute of Advanced Studies at Princeton in the 1960s. The text provides intimate glimpses of the man who directed the production of the first nuclear weapons at Los Alamos, New Mexico. It climaxes with the hearing of the United States Atomic Energy Commission that revoked Oppenheimer's security clearance. Oppenheimer's relations with Edward Teller, Ernest Lawrence, Lewis Strauss, and Haakon Chevalier are discussed in detail.

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