Uranium V – The Philadelphia Experiment

Paul Langley's Nuclear History Blog

Before attempting to list the fission products of uranium together with their rate of radioactivity in curies per gram, I am referring again to the history of the Radium Dial Painters. It was this disaster of the 1920s and 1930s that alerted the leaders of the Manhattan Project to the need to protect workers. Workers who would be handling uranium and its decay products in vast quantities. Workers who would, a mere 3 or so years after the discovery of uranium fission, be handling tons and tons of uranium in thermal diffusion and electromagnetic enrichment plants. The workers would be doing this in order to enrich uranium to make the first uranium fission bomb. The workers would be extracting plutonium from irradiated uranium reactor fuel rods in order to produce the first plutonium fission bomb. They would be handling plutonium and uranium to fashion these metals into the shapes needed…

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