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Chemists Reminisce On 50th Anniversary Of The Atomic Bomb

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Fifty years ago this week—at 5:30 AM on July 16, 1945—the first atomic bomb was exploded at the Trinity test site in Alamogordo, N.M. The successful test ushered in the nuclear age and led directly to the devastation of two Japanese cities—Hiroshima (with a uranium-based bomb) on Aug. 6, and Nagasaki (with a plutonium bomb similar to the one tested at Trinity) on Aug. 9. The development of the atomic bomb was the culmination of the Manhattan Project, an organized effort to develop the most powerful weapons ever known for use in ending World War Ð. Much of the credit for the success of the Manhattan Project goes to the physicists, but chemists also played a major role. Many chemists made crucial contributions at the Los Alamos, N.M., laboratory established to design and construct the bomb, as well as at several university labs participating in the project. Some helped set off the Trinity explosion. Others ...

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