Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist

Man of the Hour: James B. Conant, Warrior Scientist

The remarkable life of one of the most influential men of the greatest generation, James B. Conant—a savvy architect of the nuclear age and the Cold War—told by his granddaughter, New York Times bestselling author Jennet Conant.

Henry DeWolf Smyth

Henry DeWolf Smyth, an American physicist who spent most of his career at Princeton, was born May 1, 1898. Smyth was part of the American effort to build an atomic bomb during World War II, and he was commissioned to write the first public…

George Paget Thomson

George Paget Thomson, an English physicist, was born May 3, 1892. Thomson was the son of J.J. Thomson, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the electron, and George won one himself in 1937 for the discovery of electron diffraction (showing that...

Leo Szilard

Leo Szilard, a Hungarian-American physicist, was born in Budapest on Feb. 11, 1898. On Sep. 12, 1933, while in London, Szilard read a newspaper account of an address by the English physicist, Ernest Rutherford, in which Rutherford denied the possibility of extracting...

Leslie Groves

Leslie Groves, a U.S. Army officer and engineer, was born Aug. 17, 1896. In the summer of 1942, Groves was appointed to take over the fledgling atomic bomb program. Having qualified for the task by directing the building of the Pentagon, Groves took immediate charge...