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Nuclear Dawn: F. E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II

Kenneth D. McRae


This book is a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute zero. After 1939 he switched his research to nuclear physics, and is credited with solving the problem of uranium isotope separation by gaseous diffusion for the British nuclear programme Tube Alloys. The volume is distinctive for its inclusion of source materials not available to previous researchers, such as Simon’s diary and his correspondence with his wife, and for a fresh, well inform ... More

Keywords: physicist, uranium, isotopes, separation, weapon, espionage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687183
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687183.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenneth D. McRae, author
Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Carleton University, Ottawa