Deadline is 1944 sci-fi story about the use of nuclear bomb. It includes topics such as uranium enrichment, methods of isotopic separation and moral questions about the weapon. Author had no knowledge of Manhattan project and came up with the idea from scientific journals.
One of the few female physicists on the Manhattan Project moved to Communist China afterwards. She spent the rest of her life as a farmer in a small village outside Beijing.
While bored during his work with the Manhattan Project Richard Feynman would amuse himself by picking the locks of his colleagues confidential file cabinets and placing prank notes, his colleagues believed a spy had infiltrated the project.
During World War II, the multi-national Alsos Mission captured and dismantled a German experimental nuclear reactor.
Scientist Louis Slotin died while working on the Manhattan Project. He accidentally dropped a hemisphere of beryllium on a plutonium core; witnesses saw glowing blue light and felt a heat wave. He died nine days later. The plutonium core was later nicknamed the “demon core”.
Manhattan Project mathematician Richard Hamming was asked to check some arithmetic by a fellow researcher. Hamming planned to give it to a subordinate until he realized it was a set of calculations to see if the nuclear detonation would ignite the entire Earth’s atmosphere.
In 1946, a four year old Australian boy was flown to San Francisco to receive cancer treatment. Instead, he got caught in a Manhattan Project experiment and was injected with plutonium. He died one year later.
While bored during his work with the Manhattan Project, Richard Feynman would amuse himself by picking the locks of his colleges confidential file cabinets and placing prank notes, his colleges believed a spy had infiltrated the project.
For a Manhattan Project experiment Albert Stevens was secretly injected with what was expected to be a lethal dose of plutonium, and paid for providing samples of his urine and feces.