Fast & Furious: Race to the Atomic Bomb

August 4, 2016

5:30 PM

Please join us for a special presentation “Fast & Furious: The Race to Atomic Bomb” by Dr. Frank Settle.

A part of the George C. Marshall Legacy Series sequence on Speed and Fury
Thursday, August 4, 2016
5:30 PM with reception to follow

Pogue Auditorium
George C. Marshall Foundation
VMI Parade, Lexington, Virginia

What began as a race with Germany to build an atomic bomb concluded with a race to use it on Japan. As Chief of Staff of the Army, General Marshall oversaw the Manhattan Project that produced the bomb in just over two years. As de facto head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marshall advised President Truman on the options for defeating Japan. Dr. Settle will describe Marshall’s role in both the Manhattan Project and obtaining Japan’s surrender.

Reservations required by calling Leigh McFaddin at 540-463-7103, ext. 138 or by email to reservations@marshallfoundation.org. Members will be admitted free; non-members will pay $15 at the door.

You are invited to see the special exhibition, “From Machine to Man,” that will be on display in the Lower Gallery through August.

About Frank Settle

Frank A. Settle, Ph.D., professor emeritus of chemistry, Washington and Lee University and director of the ALSOS Digital Library for Nuclear Issues, was professor of chemistry at the Virginia Military Institute from 1964 to 1992. Before coming to W&L in 1998, he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a consultant at Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a program officer at the National Science Foundation.

He is a co-author of Instrumental Methods of Analysis and the editor of The Handbook of Instrumental Analytical Techniques. He has published extensively in scientific, educational, and trade journals. At W&L he developed and taught courses on nuclear history, nuclear power, and weapons of mass destruction for liberal arts majors. His new book, researched at the Marshall Library, General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb will be available for purchase at the event.