AUTHORPais, Abraham / Crease, Robert P.
TITLEJ. Robert Oppenheimer: A Life
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYOxford, England

This biography concentrates on aspects of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s life which the primary author felt were either lacking or treated incompletely by existing biographies (as of 2000). Those aspects include Oppenheimer’s student years, his influential role in bringing modern physics to the United States in the 1930s, and his leadership of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton. The senior author, Abraham Pais, a distinguished physicist and science writer, also provides an assessment of Oppenhiemer’s scientific contributions and his writings for general audiences. He was a neighbor and colleague of Oppenheimer at Princeton for 17 years. Following the sudden death of Pais, historian of science Robert Crease was asked to complete the last quarter of the manuscript, which includes chapters on the Atomic Energy Commission hearing that revoked Oppenheimer's security clearance, Oppenheimer's life following the hearing, and the last year of his life. The work contains many personal reflections on Oppenheimer contributed by his peers and friends and adds new insights to the understanding of one of the most complex and influential scientists of the twentieth century.

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