Photos of the Month - January 2018
Audrey Lengel, Photo Archivist
It’s finally my favorite time of the year when I have some free time to curl up on a cold winter day with a good book… or 5! Like many of us, I have an ever-expanding to-read pile of books and I am still catching up with bestsellers that were popular a few years ago.
I recently read Denise Kiernan’s The Girls of Atomic City and wanted to share some images from our collections that illustrate the female perspective of life in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, where workers spent years unknowingly enriching uranium, and of the physicist women whose discoveries led the way to the development of the atomic bomb. This month, you will see some familiar female physicists whose theories and discoveries about fission were at first discounted and then whose remarkable findings were not appropriately credited. We’ll also share some images of WWII nuclear facilities from the perspectives of the women and men who worked there.
Please also feel free to explore our Women and the Manhattan Project Lesson Plan (geared towards students in grades 9-12 and college students, but appropriate for adults!) for more background on nuclear fission, discussion points to ponder, and more resources to dive further into this topic.