AUTHORMcRae. Kenneth D.
TITLENuclear Dawn: F.E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II
PUBLISHEROxford University Press
CITYNew York, NY

This account of German physicist Franz Simon’s life provides detailed insights into the British contributions to the Manhattan Project and presents well researched summaries of the German, Russian, and Japanese nuclear weapons efforts. Simon’s contributions to the gaseous diffusion method used to enrich uranium were critical to the production of the first atomic bombs. He was among the German scientists who fled to Britain to escape the Nazi regime. There he contributed to British research on producing an atomic bomb in 1941. When the British gave the results of their research, known as the MAUD report, to the U.S. government, Simon came to America to provide advice on building the massive gaseous diffusion plant at Oak Ridge Tennessee. In following the Simon's life story, the reader also finds an in-depth account of the development of the first atomic bombs. The book was written by Simon's son-in-law, Kenneth McRae, who had access to Simon's papers and correspondence.

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