Robert Serber

Robert Serber

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  • Come be my assistant!
  • Go to Santa Fe. Talk. Talk too much. Talk as if you had too many drinks. Get people to eavesdrop. Say a number of things about us you aren't supposed to. Finally, I don't care how you manage it, say we are building an electric rocket. 
  • The object of the project is to produce a practical military weapon in the form of a bomb in which the energy is released by a fast_neutron chain reaction. 
  • Robert Serber works at the University of Illinois. One day he got a call from Oppenheimer asking Serber to be his assistant. "Just a few weeks from Pearl Harbor, I received a call from Oppie." (pg. 33)
  • Charlotte and Robert spread false information about the bomb. (pg. 94)
  • Robert Serber talks about the mission of the Manhattan Project. (pg.97)
  • An electrician's leg goes through the ceiling, interrupting one of Serber's lectures. (pg. 98)
  • Robert Serber watched the Trinity explosion from Compana Hill. (pg.183)
  • Serber assembled the bomb in a hut in Tinian, and helped name it "Little Boy." (pg. 190)
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