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Los Alamos National Laboratory releases new documentary on J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Los Alamos National Laboratory documentary on Oppenheimer
J. Robert Oppenheimer

The new Los Alamos National Laboratory documentary “J. Robert Oppenheimer: Science, Mission and Legacy” is a love letter to father of the atomic bomb and a frank examination of his rise and fall. It’s also a justification for the nuclear weapons work that Los Alamos lab conducts today.

In August 1945, atomic bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands people. Less than a month later, the Japanese government surrendered, and World War II ended. The bombs were the culmination of the Manhattan Project, an effort that brought scientists and engineers to sites across America to develop atomic weapons. Los Alamos, New Mexico was chosen as the site for final development and production of the bombs. Army General Leslie Groves commanded the entire Manhattan project to develop the atomic bomb. Robert Oppenheimer led the Manhattan Project’s Los Alamos team during the war years.

The documentary features commentary on Oppenheimer and his lab from scientists, engineers, biographers and others. His successes are highlighted as well as his downfall following national security hearings in 1954.

KSFR reporter Mary Lou Cooper interviews Los Alamos National Laboratory senior historian Alan Carr about Oppenheimer and the new documentary. To view the three-part Los Alamos documentary, click on:

Part 1, J. Robert Oppenheimer: Science (Part 1) - YouTube

Part 2, J. Robert Oppenheimer: Mission (Part 2) - YouTube

Part 3, J. Robert Oppenheimer: Legacy (Part 3) - YouTube

Thanks to Los Alamos National Laboratory for allowing KSFR to use documentary audio excerpts and the photo of Oppenheimer in this story.

Mary Lou Cooper reports on consumer issues for KSFR as well as on politics and elder affairs. She has worked for the U.S. Congress as well as for the Nevada and Tennessee legislatures, and remains a political junkie. She worked many years for an association of Western state legislatures and was a contributor to “Capitol Ideas,” a national magazine about state government. In 2016 Cooper received a public service award from the New Mexico Broadcasting Association for her KSFR story on Internet romance scams. She has received journalism awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and from the National Federation of Press Women. She grew up in Oak Ridge, TN and received her BA from Emory University in Atlanta and her MA from the University of Texas Austin. She also holds fiction and screenwriting certificates from the University of Washington.