6 Nov 1942

United States
5 Apr 1944

United States
  • At Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States, Emilio Segrè received the first sample of reactor-refined plutonium from Oak Ridge, Tennessee, United States. He would soon discover that the spontaneous fission rate of this plutonium was too high for use in a gun-type fission weapon. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
4 Jul 1944

United States
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer revealed Emilio Segrè's final measurements to the Manhattan Project scientists at Los Alamos, New Mexico, which concluded that the "Thin Man" design for a gun-type plutonium weapon was not feasible. ww2dbase [Operation Trinity and Manhattan Project | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
20 Jul 1944

United States
10 May 1945

United States
21 Aug 1945

United States
  • At Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States, American physicist Harry Daghlian, Jr. of the Manhattan Project accidentally dropped a tungsten carbide brick onto a plutonium bomb core and received a fatal dose of 510 rems of radiation. ww2dbase [Harry Daghlian | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
15 Sep 1945

United States
  • American Manhattan Project physicist Harry Daghlian, Jr., after receiving a fatal dose of radiation during an accident on 21 Aug, died from radiation poisoning in Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States. ww2dbase [Harry Daghlian | Los Alamos, New Mexico | CPC]
16 Oct 1945

United States
17 Oct 1945

United States

Timeline Section Founder: Thomas Houlihan
Contributors: Alan Chanter, C. Peter Chen, Thomas Houlihan, Hugh Martyr, David Stubblebine
Special Thanks: Rory Curtis




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