Science and Engineering Ethics

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 487–490

Joseph Rotblat, the Bomb and Anomalies from His Archive


    • Department of the History and Philosophy of ScienceCambridge University
    • Sub-Department of Particle Physics, Department of PhysicsOxford University
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11948-011-9345-4

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Underwood, M.C. Sci Eng Ethics (2013) 19: 487. doi:10.1007/s11948-011-9345-4


Professor Sir Joseph Rotblat made significant contributions to nuclear physics and worked on the development of the atomic bomb. He walked out of the Manhattan Project after working there for less than a year, the only scientist to do so. Rotblat gave a comprehensive account of his time at Los Alamos. His Archive is now becoming available and papers contained therein are inconsistent with some aspects of his account. The reasons as to how such anomalies and contradictions could occur are considered.


Joseph Rotblat Nuclear physics The Manhattan Project

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