ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The names of Leslie Groves and J. Robert Oppenheimer are synonymous with the Manhattan Project.
Groves was the U.S. Army general who oversaw America’s secret nuclear weapons project. Oppenheimer was the physicist who directed Los Alamos Laboratory, one of the project’s three legs; he is often ominously called “the father of the atom bomb.”
A valuable new biography recognizes the lifelong contributions of a physicist who had roles in the work of all three legs of the project that developed the bomb – at Hanford, Wash., at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and at Los Alamos.
His name is Enrico Fermi.