Leslie Groves

Leslie Groves

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  • Los Alamos Ranch School
  • "Groves was promoted to general and took command of the Manhattan Project on September 18, 1942."(Page 48)
  • "Groves needed to quickly gather a team of the best scientists in the country-- and he needed to pick someone someone to lead it. Robert Oppenheimer wanted the job. Oppenheimer first met Groves on October 8, on the Berkeley campus."(Page 48)
  • "Beyond the playing fields were a few school school buildings, a dining lodge, log dormitories, and several small houses for the teachers. Oppenheimer loved the mountain and desert views. Groves loved the isolation. 'This is the place' Groves said."(Page 67)
  • "Germany did not have the atomic bomb.
  • General Groves arrived at the Trinity site later that night, got out of his car, and looked angrily at the sky.Rain was falling, wind wiping, lightning flashing. He found Oppenheimer, and they discussed the weather. It was a serious problem. They needed clear skies to get a good look at the explosion" (Page 176)
  • "'You'd better be right on this,' said Groves, 'or I will hang you.' Groves made Hubbard sign his forecast. Then he and Oppenheimer set the test for five-thirty."(Page 180)
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