Scientific society recognizes womens contributions to the Manhattan Project

ORLANDO, Fla., April 8 The American Chemical Society will celebrate the contributions of women scientists to the Manhattan Project with a symposium at the 223rd national meeting, April 7-11, in Orlando. The April 8 symposium is sponsored by the Women Chemists Committee of the ACS as part of the committees 75th anniversary. It seeks to highlight the important scientific and technical contributions made by women to the development of the atomic bomb in World War II.

Women scientists of the Manhattan Project Era

Monday, April 8, 8:05 a.m.

Orlando Convention Center, Room 209A

Steve Stow, Site Historian, United States Department of Energy Oak Ridge Site, Oak Ridge, Tenn. Oak Ridge, the Manhattan Project, and involvement of women scientists. During the Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge, Tenn., known then as the Clinton Engineer Works, was the super secret location where uranium 235 was enriched and the basic research on production and separation of plutonium using the graphite reactor was conducted. Women contributors made significant advances at this site and their successes will be reviewed and put into perspective.

Michelle Gerber, Hanford Site Historian, Fluor Hanford, Richland, Wash., (author of On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site). Women of the Hanford Engineer Works. From the onset of the war in Europe secrecy enveloped atomic research. The historical contributions of women of the Hanford Site to the Manhattan Project will be discussed.

Isabella Karle, Chief Scientist of the X-ray Diffraction Section and 56-year employee of the Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C. Personal recollections of my time on the Manhattan Project. The presenter worked on the Manhattan Project at the University of Chicago in 1943 and will convey personal thoughts regarding the early controlled nuclear re


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