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Hanford and Oak Ridge had one common advantage: easy access to a lot of electric power. Both places (especially Hanford) also had a lot of fairly clean cold water to serve as cooling water. Okey, the intent in the sites: Hanford was intended to be the plutonium metal producing site (later the Savannah river reactors was built too) including the piles and ...


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A good reference is The Making of the Atomic Bomb by Richard Rhodes. Note that America (the government) initiated the Manhattan Project to develop the bomb and, as one aspect, recruited the necessary scientists and engineers from across the country as well as from England and refugees from Germany. In turn, these scientists received all the support they ...


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In regards initiating the Manhattan Project, Einstein and Szilard were clearly critical. Without them the entire project would, at a minimum, undoubtedly have started significantly later in the war. Szilard was the first in the U.S. to recognize the potential of an atomic bomb, and Einstein's celebrity, both in signing the letter and subsequently leveraging ...


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