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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript ed Press Photo Dr. Vannevar Bush the University of California, and was n-^ardecl a> a leader in tin- theoretical aspects of atom* istics and similar subjects of physics. Shortly alter the Army entered into tin- development of atomic energy, he was given a very important appointment l»y General Groves. This appoint ment made him direr tor of the laboratory at Los Vlamos, which was in all probability the most important post held b) any civilian scientist in connection with the entire effort. (General Groves undoubtedly made this appointment alter a very careful stud) of the entire affair from all angles, as this was his custom on important appointments. Subsequent developments made it very dear that no error had been made in this connection, for Dr. Oppenheimer proved himself to be not only a greal physicist, hut also a man of excellent judgment and a real leader in thc entire effort. In fit. it was due t<> the extraordinary accomplishments of Oppenheimer and his associates thai the job was completed on time. Subsequent to the end of the war Dr. Oppenheimer has had a number of important appointments, lie was invited hv Secretary Stimson as one of tlie scientists consulted by the Secretaries oi War and Navy in connection with the work of the Interim Committee. He was appointed by the State Department as a member of the hoard which drew Up the plan on which Mr. Baruch based his program. He has recently been appointed by the President as a member of the General Vdvisor) Committee of vour organization. I have appointed him a member of the Committee on Vtomic Energy of the Joint Research and Development Board. Ml of this has followed from his extraordinary war record in which he made a unique ami exceedingly important contribution to the success of the war effort of this country. I know him verj well indeed and I have personall) great confidence in his judgment and integrity. \ erv truly your-. (Signed) V. Bush, Chairman II \K\ AKti I MV r.K-ITY ( IMBBIDGI . M iSSAI 111 SI iTS Maw h 27, 1947 Mr. Du in K. I.ii.ii- \ in il Chairman, Vtomu Energy Commission Washington 25, D, < . Di vh Mr. I.ii.iimii il: 1 am writing vou this tetter because I itn derstand certain inquiries have been made in regard to the loyalty of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer. It i- quite unnecessary for me to recite in this letter the tremendous contribution to the war effort made b) Dr. Oppenheimer. \- director of the Los \lamos Laboratory he carried a beav) responsibility both of a scientific and technical nature and a- an administrator faced with an extremely difficult problem. He fulfilled his duties in an admirable manner. I think it can he said that he i- one ol three oi four men whose combination ol professional knowledge, hard work, and loyal devotion made possible the development ol the homh in time to end the Japanese war. My first personal acquaintanceship with Dr. Oppenheimer -tailed in the summer of 1(>H. From then until the present da) I have -ecu him intimately and discussed with him all manner of questions. During the war I visited Los Uaroos frequently and in so doing came to know him very well. Since the war. I have discussed not onlj atomic energj for industrial and military purposes, but all phases of the —United Press Photo Dr. James B. Conant international problem of control. Likewise, our conversation has ranged over the whole field of American politics and Foreign policy. There-fore. I feel sure that the statements that I make about him are based on an intimate knowledge of the man. hi- views, and bis emotional reactions. I can say without hesitation that there ran be absolutely no question of Dr. Oppenheimer's loyalty. Furthermore, I can state categorical]] that, in my opinion, his attitude ahoiit the future course of the I nited States Governmenl in matter- of high policy i- in accord,nice with the soundest Vmerican tradition. He is nol sympathetic with the totalitarian regime in Russia and his attitude toward- that nation is, from mv point of view, thoroughly sound and hard headed. Therefore, any rumor that Dr. Oppenheimer is sympathetically inclined toward the Communists or toward Russia is an absurdity. Vs I wrote above, I base this statement on what I consider intimate knowledge of the workings of his mind. \t the time of \)y. Oppenheimer'- entering tlie work on atomic energy, 1 heard that there was some question of his clearance by the security agencies. 1 understand that was based on his associations prim- to 1939 and hi- "left- wing** sympathies at thai lime. I have no knowledge of Dr. Oppenheimer previous to the summer of 1941, but I -ay unhesitating^ that whatever the record might -how a> to his political sympathies at that lime or his associations, I would not deviate from niv presenl opinion, namely, that a more loyal and sound Vmerican citizen cannot he found in the whole Inited States. \ ei V -incrrel\ \olllS, (Signed i I imes B. (,ox v\ i. Presidenl 194 Dr. \\ Mi Depari vii \ l W V-HI NGTON, M MO II Hon. David E. Lilies ih m. Chairman, \tomh Energi Commission I'i mn Hi vii ii Si i.v ii i Hi ilding Washington, D. C. Dear Mr. Lj lie n i ii vi . In connection with vour inquiry aboul .1. Robert Oppenheimer. a member nl the General Advisor) Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission, 1 am glad to furnish the following information : It i- m> understanding that Dr. Oppenheimer i- a leading physicist of the world. During the war, he held the ke) post of Director of I.os Alamos Laboratory under the Manhattan District project, which as vmi know was the enterprise under the War Department responsible lor development ol the atomic bomb. His performance in that post, under direction of General Groves, wa- a brilliant success. For hi- exceptional!) meritorious service, I"' wa- recommended hv General Groves to receive the Mela! lor Mcit in Vugust, 1945. This recommendation was approved hy Secretary o' \\ ai Stimson, and lhe award v\a- made hv the Medal ol Merit Hoard appointed hv tl"' President. Dr. Oppenheimer was also appointed hy the War Department to he a member ol the Vd« vi-nrv Panel of Scientists, to assist the Interim Committee designated !>> Secretar5 Stimson in Mav, I'M."), lo recommend policies in regard W the alomie bomb and to suggesting legislation concerning atomic energy. I met Dr. Oppenheimer several times in the course of this work .nul received a most favorable impression ol his ability, judgment, character, and devotion to duty. Dr. Oppenheimer was recentl) appointed b) —United Press Ph°'° Robert P. Patterson Pajre 28 FACTS FORUM NEWS, May, '"'''
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