Oppenheimer was married to a botanist, Kitty. Early Life "Every American knows that if there is another major war," he wrote in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on June 1, 1946, "atomic weapons will be used." Tactical nuclear weapons: unwelcome return 1. (Image: wikimedia / CC0 1.0) Ancient nuclear weapons in India Oppenheimer spent his last years in Princeton and died on Feb. 18, 1967. Oppenheimer is best remembered today as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project and “the father of the atomic bomb.” Back to NYC Nuclear Archive Home. Emotional, Oppenheimer remembered July 16, 1945, the day of the Trinity test, the first-ever nuclear explosion, which he had contributed to creating. He is often remembered as “the father of the atomic bomb”. Less than three years after Groves selected Oppenheimer to direct weapons development, the United States dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. Young Ted hadn’t come to publicly debate Oppenheimer. Every day the newspaper headlines gave him evidence that the world might once again be on the road to war. (p. 587). That phrase that came to mind then, taken from the sacred Hindu book Bhagavad Gita , has survived until today as his most celebrated quotation. It was 1 a.m. on July 16, 1945, when J. Robert Oppenheimer met with an Army lieutenant general, Leslie Groves, ... N.J., who studies the history of nuclear weapons. Back to Invention of the Nuclear Bomb. In these excerpts from his farewell speech below to the Association of Los Alamos Scientists on November 2, 1945, J. Robert Oppenheimer spoke about the challenges scientists and the world faced now that atomic weapons were a reality. His family lived in Hiroshima and they had been active in protesting nuclear weapons tests in the Pacific, most famously in 1958 by taking their family yacht, the Phoenix, near the Eniwetok Atoll (a part of the Marshall Islands). By Catherine Falzone, 2012. As director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, Oppenheimer proved to be an extraordinary choice. This is probably the most important video I will ever make in my lifetime. They had two children, Peter and Toni. This is the prepared text for a lecture delivered at Santa Fe, New Mexico, on July 14, 2018 and sponsored by the Santa Fe Opera during its production of Dr. Atomic, which focuses on the atomic bomb and its creators, specifically J. Robert Oppenheimer. nuclear weapons. Oppenheimer's anguish was real and deep. J. Robert Oppenheimer (April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist, best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, the World War II effort to develop the first nuclear weapons, at the secret Los Alamos laboratory in New Mexico. During a 1947 talk at MIT, he said, "In some sort of crude sense which no vulgarity, no humor, no overstatement can quite extinguish, the physicists have known sin; and this is a knowledge which they cannot lose" (via the Chicago Tribune ). In the aftermath of WWII, a disillusioned Oppenheimer declared war on nuclear weapons. Next Page: The Manhattan Project. The Trinity test of the Manhattan Project was the first detonation of a nuclear weapon, which leads Oppenheimer to recall verses from the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita. In 1953, Robert Oppenheimer likened the United States and the Soviet Union to two scorpions locked in a bottle—"each capable of killing the other, but only at the risk of his own life." Robert Oppenheimer's anguish over his invention of the atomic bomb. In the war following the incidents of the Gita, certain statements indicate the use of nuclear weapons. This