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Title: Norris Bradbury Tribute by J. Robert Oppenheimer

Abstract

Stored on a reel of microfilm are three faint and barely readable letters written on the occasion of Norris Bradbury’s fifteen-year anniversary as Director of the (then) Los Alamos Science Laboratory. The first letter, written by Los Alamos Public Relations Officer John V. Young, asks Oppenheimer to send a “congratulatory message to be read at a ceremony honoring Bradbury’s tenure as Laboratory Director. The second letter is Oppenheimer’s response to Young, and the third is Oppenheimer’s congratulatory message to Bradbury. The three letters are transcribed below.

Authors:
 [1]
  1. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE
OSTI Identifier:
1356097
Report Number(s):
LA-UR-17-23464
DOE Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS

Citation Formats

Meade, Roger Allen. Norris Bradbury Tribute by J. Robert Oppenheimer. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1356097.
Meade, Roger Allen. Norris Bradbury Tribute by J. Robert Oppenheimer. United States. doi:10.2172/1356097.
Meade, Roger Allen. 2017. "Norris Bradbury Tribute by J. Robert Oppenheimer". United States. doi:10.2172/1356097. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1356097.
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