CREATORThe National Security Archive
TITLEAn Interview with Joseph Rotblat
DATE PUBLISHED15 November 1998

This National Security Archive website provides the transcription of a 1998 interview with physicist Joseph Rotblat focusing on his thoughts regarding his role in the development of the atomic bomb, the Cold War, and the moral dilemma faced by scientists involved in weapons production. Rotblat describes the rationale behind his resignation from the World War II Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, emphasizing that he reached a point where he could no longer justify to himself his participation in the development of the bomb. He then explains that scientists often found their morality at odds with their investment in scientific progress and discovery. Other topics discussed include Rotblat’s involvement in the Russell-Einstein Manifesto and the Pugwash Conferences.

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