Manhattan Project By. Cody Bailey. Einstein’s Letter.
By. Cody Bailey
Albert Einstein was a brilliant scientist who in 1929 wrote a letter to President Roosevelt about the possibilities of building an uranium bomb. Einstein believed that Germany was researching the ways to do this and wanted to warn the United States of this. Einstein also wanted to defect from Germany because of his disbeliefs in Hitler and Nazi Germany and come to the United States and help develop an uranium bomb, or as we know it today as a Nuclear Bomb.
America’s president at the time, Franklin Delano Roosevelt took Einstein’s letter seriously and knew that action must be taken to develop the bomb before Nazi Germany could complete one. So secretly he recruited some of the world’s brightest minds to develop this bomb, and would call this the Manhattan Project. President Roosevelt was so secretive about this that his own Vice President Harry Truman didn’t know.
Oppenheimer's reputation as both a scientist and administrator led to his appointment as the chief scientist of the Manhattan Project. After witnessing the first test at Trinity, Oppenheimer wrote that some laughed, some cried, and through his mind floated a line from the Bhagavad-Gita: "I am become death: the destroyer of worlds."
He is best known for his contributions to nuclear physics and the development of quantum theory. In 1938, Fermi was Nobel Prize for his work with the Nuclear bomb. He is remembered as the “father of the nuclear bomb”.