J. Robert Oppenheimer, born on April 22, 1904, was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. He strongly opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, however, and in 1953 was suspended from secret nuclear research as an alleged communist sympathizer, a case backed by Edward Teller. In 1963 he was reinstated and awarded the Enrico Fermi Award.

J. Robert Oppenheimer Working Out Physics Equations on the Blackboard in His Office

J. Robert Oppenheimer, born on April 22, 1904, was the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. He strongly opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb, however, and in 1953 was suspended from secret nuclear research as an alleged communist sympathizer, a case backed by Edward Teller. In 1963 he was reinstated and awarded the Enrico Fermi Award.

J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1944. American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with Enrico Fermi, he is  called the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in  the WW II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on 1945,  in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." (from Wikipedia)

J. Robert Oppenheimer, 1944. American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with Enrico Fermi, he is called the "father of the atomic bomb" for his role in the WW II project that developed the first nuclear weapons. The first atomic bomb was detonated on 1945, in New Mexico; Oppenheimer remarked later that it brought to mind words from the Bhagavad Gita: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds." (from Wikipedia)

J. Robert Oppenheimer-- was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Wikipedia Born: April 22, 1904, New York City, NY Died: February 18, 1967, Princeton, NJ

J. Robert Oppenheimer-- was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Wikipedia Born: April 22, 1904, New York City, NY Died: February 18, 1967, Princeton, NJ

Brig. Gen. Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer working on the Manhattan Project.

Brig. Gen. Leslie R. Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer working on the Manhattan Project.

J. Robert Oppenheimer; creator of the atomic bomb who quoted these lines from Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Photo by Philippe Halsman.

J. Robert Oppenheimer; creator of the atomic bomb who quoted these lines from Bhagavad Gita: "Now, I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds". Photo by Philippe Halsman.

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons, for which he is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb".

Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II project that developed the first nuclear weapons, for which he is often referred to as the "father of the atomic bomb".

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." ~ Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb.

"We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed, a few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad-Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty, and to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all thought that, one way or another." ~ Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, father of the atomic bomb.

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