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The Manhattan Project
Transcript of The Manhattan Project
What was it?
The Manhattan Project was a research and development project that produced the first atomic bombs during World War II.
Who did it involve?
This project was led by the United States with the support of the United Kingdom and Canada.
The project was under the direction of Leslie Groves of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers.
In August 1939, prominent physicists Leo Szilard and Eugene Wigner drafted the Einstein-Szilard letter.
This warned them of the potential development of "extremely powerful bombs of a new type".
What was the Manhattan Project?
Who did the Manhattan Project involve?
When did the Manhattan Project take place?
Where did it happen?
Why did it happen?
They had it signed by Albert Einstein and delivered it to President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Roosevelt called on Lyman Briggs of the Nation Bureau of Standards to head the Advisory Committee on Uranium to investigate the issues raised by the letter.
When did it take place?
It started August 13th, 1942, and was disbanded on August 15th, 1947.
Where did this take place?
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Why was this project brought about?
The letter warned Roosevelt that we should partake in nuclear weapons because of the danger of upcoming war.
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