Nuclear Dawn: F. E. Simon and the Race for Atomic Weapons in World War II

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This book provides a rounded biography of Franz (later Sir Francis) Simon, his early life in Germany, his move to Oxford in 1933, and his experimental contributions to low temperature physics approximating absolute zero. After 1939 he switched his research to nuclear physics, and is credited with solving the problem of uranium isotope separation by gaseous diffusion for the British nuclear programme Tube Alloys.

The volume is distinctive for its inclusion of source materials not available to previous researchers, such as Simon's diary and his correspondence with his wife, and for a fresh, well-informed insider voice on the five-power nuclear rivalry of the war years.

The work also draws on a relatively mature nuclear literature to attempt a comparison and evaluation of the five nuclear rivals in wider political and military context, and to identify the factors, or groups of factors, that can explain the results.

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Kenneth D. McRae is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Carleton University, Ottawa. He has written or edited seven other volumes, including monographs on selected West European democracies (Belgium, Finland, Switzerland) and a volume of readings in the same area.

He is a son-in-law of Sir Francis and Lady Simon. For this volume he has had full access to Simon's personal letters, papers, diaries, and event calendars, as well as to the scientific correspondence and documents deposited in the Simon Papers at the Royal Society Library and in the Cherwell Papers at Nuffield College, Oxford.

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"A refugee from Nazi Germany, a noted scientist, a pivotal contributor to the atomic bomb projects in the UK and US, Francis Simon lived the extraordinary events of the 20th century. He understood the potential nuclear threat from the Nazis and willingly made the necessary sacrifices to help the Americans and British win the race for the bomb. K. D. McRae's biography of Simon offers a rich narrative of Simon's life as well as fascinating insights into the bomb projects in the five major countries at war and why the Americans and British won."--Nancy Greenspan, author of The End of the Certain World


"From Franz Simon of Breslau to Sir Francis Simon of Oxford, this fascinating book recounts the life of a man who moved from being a distinguished German physicist in the science of low temperatures to being an important figure in the early British work on atomic energy. It is written by his son-in-law and based on a large cache of private, professional and official letters, most of which came to light only after the death of Lady Simon in 1999."--Sir John Rowlinson FRS, Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford


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