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Statement by WSC on the atomic bomb, [01-07 Aug 1945]

Reference Code: GBR/0014/CHUR 2/3/42-50

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Copy of a statement to be issued on WSC's behalf [by Clement Attlee, Prime Minister]. Includes covering note explaining that WSC had prepared the statement prior to the change in government. The statement covers issues including: scientific research in the United Kingdom on atomic fission; responsibilities of the committee under Sir George Thomson; exchange of scientific information with the United States; the key individuals including Sir John Anderson [later 1st Lord Waverley] and Lord Cherwell [earlier Frederick Lindemann]; establishment of the "Tube Alloys" Directorate and the technical committee; relocation of British scientists to the United States; secrecy; the decision to base production in the United States; contributions made by Canada; anxiety about the state of German knowledge and attacks made by British Commandos and Norwegian forces upon stocks of "heavy water"; the importance of American expenditure authorised by Franklin Roosevelt; and hopes for peace.Carbon typescript. Note that the statement has been paginated incorrectly and folio 48 belongs in front of folio 47.


  • Creation: [01-07 Aug 1945]

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Copyright: WSC


9 folio(s)

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