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Lomanitz, Ross, 1921-2003
Oral history interview with Ross Lomanitz, 2001 July 26, 28, 29 and 2002 August 18.
Topics include: growing up in Oklahoma and receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Oklahoma in the spring of 1940; enrollment in the University of California, Berkeley in 1940 to pursue a PhD in theoretical physics under the direction of J. Robert Oppenheimer; working at the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley on topics related to the production of atomic weapons; activity in trying to organize a union in the workplace; drafted into the Army in 1943 despite the concern of men such as Ernest Lawrence and Oppenheimer who tried to get him a deferment to work on war projects; his appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities regarding his activities at the Radiation Laboratory; his indictment for contempt of Congress in 1950 (later found not guilty), his black listing from academic work. The interview focuses primarily on the period of 1940 through the mid-1950s when he faced many problems that resulted from his political views and his appearance before the HUAC.
Physicist (Theoretical). Professor of physics, New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology, 1962-1992.
Lomanitz, Ross 1921-2003
Oppenheimer, J. Robert, 1904-1967.
Lawrence Radiation Laboratory.
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-American Activities.
University of California, Berkeley -- Graduate work.
Physicists -- Political activity.
Sound recordings lcgft
Interviews. aat
Oral histories. aat
Transcripts. aat
Physicists -- Interviews.
Mullet, Shawn. interviewer.
American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA