Without this person the atomic bomb would of never been invented, the war with Japan would of lasted longer. He was known as the father of the atomic bomb. When the United States found out that Nazi Germany was researching about making a nuclear weapon, he was put in charge of making the atomic bomb before the Germans did. Julius Robert Oppenheimer was the man behind all of this. Julius Robert Oppenheimer was born in April 22 ,1904 in New York, New York to german jewish parents immigrants from Germany. His father was a Julius R. Oppenheimer began studying chemistry in 1922 and graduated from Harvard University in 1925. He continued his studies in Germany at the University of Gottingen where he got his PhD.
After finishing his studies, he became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. Also gave him a chance to teach at the California Institute of Pasadena for six weeks a year. This allowed him to research astronomy, quantum physics and other topics. Oppenheimer stayed a professor till the 1930s. As the World War 2 continued, the United States learned that the germans had been researching into nuclear weapons, but the U.
S. wanted to create one before the Germans did. The United States gathered the best scientists to help to create this weapon. The operation was called the Manhattan Project. The U.S.
government put Oppenheimer in charge of the operation and began to create the first atomic bomb with other scientists in secret. Oppenheimer also had to decide a location for the Manhattan Project to construct the laboratory. He decided that New Mexico was place to construct and he also knew the area very well. When Oppenheimer was young, he lived in New Mexico. With thousands under his management, they began to build the first atomic bomb. In 1945, summer was when Oppenheimer and his team finally built the world’s first atomic bomb.
Later in July 19, 1945 the atomic was detonated in the deserts of New Mexico. Oppenheimer watched the explosion from a distance and said “Now I am become death, destroyer of worlds.” The next month, two other atomic bombs were detonated in Japan. One in Hiroshima and the other on Nagasaki which killed more than two hundred people.