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    Signed by Nobel Laureate Ernest Lawrence and Seventeen Scientists Who Contributed to the Development of the Atomic Bomb

    Henry D. Smyth. Atomic Energy for Military Purposes. The Official Report on the Development of the Atomic Bomb under the Auspices of the United States Government, 1940-1945. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1945. First trade edition (only preceded by a mimeographed version prepared for the press). Signed on the verso of the front free endpaper by Eighteen scientists or former students, who worked on the atomic bomb at the Radiation Laboratory of the University of California at Berkeley, under the direction of Nobel Laureate (and inventor of the Cyclotron) Ernest Lawrence, including: Donald Cooksey, Wilson Powell, James Shodon, W. Douglas, Rex Barton, W. Reynolds, William Parkins, Ted Finkelstein, Frank Oppenheimer (younger brother of J. Robert Oppenheimer), Ralph Chaney, E. Lofgren, K. MacKenzie, A. C. Hemholtz, J. Hamilton, Edwin McMillar, C. Prescott, one unreadable signature, and Ernest Lawrence himself (who signed on the half-title). Their work is mentioned in Chapter XI, Electromagnetic Separation of Uranium Isotopes, and most scientists are mentioned in this chapter by name (the unnamed students of Lawrence are mentioned as "others"). Octavo. [xii], 264 pages. With four leaves of photographic illustrations inserted. Publisher's full brown cloth, spine lettered and ruled in dark brown, dust jacket. Jacket spine chipped at head and upper corners, light browning to jacket spine, some rubbing to jacket panels, mild rubbing to binding. Taped to the front pastedown is a miniaturized facsimile of the certificate awarded to the University of California from the War Department, commemorating their service in the development of the Atomic Bomb, dated August 6, 1945. Overall, a fine copy with signatures of the men who materially aided the birth of the atomic age.

    Published on August 12, 1945 (only six days after Hiroshima), this book is a "remarkably full and candid account of the development work carried out between 1940 and 1945 by the American-directed but internationally recruited team of physicists, under the code name of 'Manhattan District', which culminated in the production of the first atomic bomb". (Printing and the Mind of Man 422 e).

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