Colloq Abstract - Howes

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Nov 3

11:00am Mountain

 

Ruth Howes (Ball State)

 

Women Scientists and Their Work on the Manhattan Project in New Mexico

 

Abstract

The Manhattan Project, the massive scientific and engineering effort to build an atomic bomb, welcomed women into its laboratories because of the tremendous labor shortages caused by World War II.  Along with the story of the Manhattan Project itself, this colloquium tells the stories of some women physicists who worked on the project in New Mexico and describes the science they did.  These women physicists made significant contributions to the effort to design and build a bomb, and they were proud of the work they did.  This talk is based on interviews with surviving participants in the Manhattan Project as well on the literature.