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Letter from Robert Oppenheimer


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J. Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967) was an American theoretical physicist and is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb". Oppenheimer was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. During World War II, he was the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, which designed the nuclear bombs for the Manhattan Project. After the war, Oppenheimer became the Chairman of the General Advisory Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission. From 1947-1966, he served as the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study. He died in 1967, soon after his retirement.

Letter from Robert Oppenheimer dated May 20, 1955. The letter is a thank you message from Oppenheimer, on behalf of the Institute for Advanced Study for the condolences received regarding the death of Albert Einstein.

Letter from Robert Oppenheimer regarding the death of Albert Einstein.

The Letter from Robert Oppenheimer was donated to the Science History Institute (formerly the Chemical Heritage Foundation) by Albert Shansky in 2004.

Source of acquisition--Shansky, Albert. Method of acquisition--Gift;; Date of acquisition--2004.

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