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  • 1967: J. Robert Oppenheimer
    • Best known as the "father" of the atomic bomb.

      "After the war, Oppenheimer was appointed Chairman of the General Advisory Committee to the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), serving from 1947 to 1952. It was in this role that he voiced strong opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb. In 1953, at the height of U.S. anticommunist feeling, Oppenheimer was accused of having communist sympathies, and his security clearance was taken away."

    • More: http://www.atomicarchive.com/Bios/Oppenheimer.shtml

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