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Chadwick On The Atomic Bomb: 1945


The New York Times, Monday, August 13, 1945:


‘Sir James Chadwick, chief British scientist in the atomic bomb project, said today there was a possibility that within about ten years atomic energy could be used for industrial purposes.

The Noble Prize winner in physics in 1935 also declared that the atomic bomb was not strictly a British-American secret, asserting that any nation could learn the secret in about five years of experimentation, assuming it had access to the necessary raw materials.

“I think this is a very serious point”, he said.

Sir James was chief scientific advisor to the British members of the American-British-Canadian policy committee that developed the bomb that wrecked Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan.’