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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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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Title File 044
Transcript discussion which you had concerning an important technical question with A. II. Compton. To me the absence from the conference oj such men as A. 11. Compton, E. 0. Lawrence, and II. C. Urey was an unfortunate thing but up to that time in your office last Monday I had put it down simply to their being too busy toith other matters. I feel so strongly that this policy puts you in the position of trying to do an extremely difficult job with three hands tied behind your back that I cannot accept the view that such internal compartmentalization of the larger project is proper. My disturbance was complicated with the feeling that I might sooner or later unintentionally violate such rules through failure to comprehend them fully. On my way through Chicago coming out here I had a friendly chat with A. H. Compton about the project at his home which probably would be considered improper though if so I would say the scientific position oj the project is hopeless. ORDNANCE WEAK LINK To speak of something more on the positive side, I feel that the laboratory- is extremely well staffed on the basic physics side. You have several first-rate young experimentalists in Williams, Manley, and Wilson, who will do a splendid job in setting up the equipment and getting useful results from it. If to these can be added a couple of maturer experimentalists like Allison, and Backer, in addition lo McMillan, the success of this side of the project is assured. In the auxiliary fields like chemistry, with Kennedy and Segre, and metallurgy, with Cyril Smith, I do not think that you could have done better. The theoretical group is, of course, ex- tremely brilliant. As you know tin- ord nance side is the weak spot and the one which will require some first-rate specialized mechanical engineering. This is one of the points at ivhich I feel that Westinghouse might be of effective help on special problems. The way the presence of such an excellent staff reacted on me was something like this: I found myself in a role analogous to that of a military man who would suddenly shift from the Air Force to submarines in the middle of a war. 1 saw that I would face a great task of learning a job while surrounded with people who understood it much better than I. At the same time, administratively, I would have lo make decisions affecting their technical activities. Of course there are many minor matters that 1 could have handled as a stuffed shirt but I hope that that is not the best use of my abilities. Now to get back again lo less agreeable matters. I am worried about a situation ivhich is not fully clear to me and perhaps is not as bad as my impression of it. I feel that an attempt is being made both by the Manhattan District and by the University of California to put too many restrictions on the activities of Dr. D. P. Mitchell. We have roomed together since he came up to the site and I know tluit he feels baffled and perplexed by some of the things confronting him. lie is working with a high expenditure of nervous energy and I think that he should get more backing, otherwise an irreplaceable man may be lost. (Please let it be clear that these things are my own observations, put forth on my own responsibility, that he has in no way suggested that I take this up, that in fact, I am taking it up more as a laboratory problem than as Mitchell's personal problem.) In the first place. Dana Mitchell is an —Wide World Photo Exterior of Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory's historic "D" building, in which the first pieces of plutonium readily visible to the naked eye were fabricated. Page 42 absolutely unique individual in li"<'r He is a good physicist. In addition has been buying equipment and sup? K for experimental research projecti some fifteen years, including recent perience in setting up such service several war research projects. Sitw as we are in remote isolation tin- s\ problem is unusually difficult, moreover extraordinarily difficult 0" to war shortages. A man in Mitch position needs to have complete am ity, freedom of action, and rest bility within his field. A mat Mitchell's experience and compe should be given it unhesitatingly. only criticism of Mitchell 1 have heard is that it is said that he " simplified his records and accou" procedures. I do not know whethem is true, in any case it is tin- A"1' matter on which there is bound \ strong difference of opinion. What I would strongly recorni in this connection is that MitchQ given complete control over all curement, that il be absolutely de, that the Los Angeles office is under lhat he have full authority and res\ bility hi procurement matters, th®. contractor do no more than $e''. accountants who record what he but that no person except yourself a position to question what he doe' Finally there is the matter oj working relations with the local ""'', people. On the whole they have ' remarkably well in getting the started. But 1 feel that there is room for improvement although of the present fault lies on me jot' not carry on effectively a lot oj " which I would have done if mil m occupied with my personal decision worst trouble seems to be a lack Oj i communications, I fully expect thi nill remedy itself when Colonel H"r mill his Staff take up resilience h,'rt' an effective town council is orgtttl 1 SCHOOL SITUATION URGENT wis „■ "'" Hut there is also an unnectj, ((n( vagueness about many features °l Um n life with which th,- technical are i ilnlly concerned. The M'/ieee" linn is the must urgent. Many "fl 1 milliters are extremely anxious to ' '"'< ec lull is being done ami lime the ■""* ""1 Ore In be handled. These people 4 req from gond neighborhoods where are good public schools. Many oj I sen mi more worried about the schoO', than anything else affecting </'c'r I km out of working hours. This mull''" esei me a great deal of personal concent ^ I know it is a factor lhat icri in Ruin', mind in his probabt no! lo come. This situation "'" helped with me by the way '" General Groves replied to my with a short plea for no "frills f none had been asked lor. together FACTS FORUM NEWS, Januafli for lion A ha\t izini man havi ing of c not hue, .see i tend cati to I. folk B kint mor, schc nill a g, the I to ) pro pos, wist cess pro hop lull I n* of i i- i 1 letti as ■ I ( inn her B nil, tl, Ihe
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