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Development of the Atomic Bomb

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In the fall of 1944, General Groves appointed a committee to look into the possible uses of nuclear energy as well as those of military significance. This committee, comprised of chairman Dr. R. C. Tolman, Rear Admiral E. W. Mills (USN), Captain T. A. Solberg (USN), Dr. W. K. Lewis, and Dr. H. D. Smyth, received many suggestions from those on various projects, principally along the lines of the use of nuclear energy for power and the use of radioactive by-products for scientific, medical, and industrial purposes. While there was general agreement that a great industry might eventually arise, and perhaps comparable to the electronics industry, there was disagreement as to how rapidly such an industry would grow. Because of the restrictions of military security there had been no chance for the Congress or the people to debate questions such as the use of an explosive which was far from completely perfected. They had, of course, been seriously considered and vigorously debated among the scientists, and their conclusions had been passed along to the highest authorities. These questions were not technical questions; they were political and social, and the answers given to them would affect mankind for generations. It had been their duty and that of high government officials who were informed to look beyond the limits of the present war and its weapons to the ultimate implications of these discoveries.

In May 1945, Secretary Stimson appointed an Interim Committee to consider the postwar policy of the United States in all matters connected with atomic energy. The members, in addition to the Secretary, included James B. Conant, Vannevar Bush, Karl T. Compton, Ralph A. Baird (Under Secretary of the Navy), William L. Clayton (Assistant Secretary of State), George L. Harrison (one of Secretary Stimson's close advisers), and James F. Byrnes as special representative ...

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