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PRESS ADVISORY
For Immediate Release 10/12/01

DR. JOSEPH ROTBLAT TO SPEAK IN LOS ALAMOS

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Joseph Rotblat will give a presentation titled “The Quest for Global Peace,” At 7:00 P.M., Saturday, October 13th in the Topper Theater, at Los Alamos High School, 1700 Diamond Drive in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  Admission is free.

Dr. Rotblat, born in 1908, worked for 5 years both in England and New Mexico to build the first atomic bomb at the end of World War II.  In Poland in the late 1930’s he wrote his dissertation on the inelastic scattering of neutrons, and measuring neutron multiplication.  He then worked closely with James Chadwick and others in England to establish the technical feasibility of the atomic bomb.

In December 1944, when he found out from British colleagues that there was no German atom bomb program, he left Los Alamos for ethical considerations.  He was the only scientist to do so before the Trinity test.

Dr. Rotblat, was awarded the 1995 Nobel Peace Prize, which he shared with the Pugwash Conferences, the organization he helped found – at Albert Einstein’s suggestion – to alert the world to the dangers posed by weapons of mass destruction.  He has authored over 300 publications, including books on nuclear physics, medical physics and radiation biology, radiation hazards and the consequences of nuclear war, and recent publications titled:

  • A nuclear Free World: Desirable?  Feasible? (1993)
  • World Citizenship:  Allegiance to Humanity (1997)
  • Nuclear Weapons: The Road to Zero (1998)

A press conference will be held Saturday, October 13th from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Holiday Inn Express, Conference Room, 2455 Trinity Drive, Los Alamos, NM.

For further information call the Study Group at 505-982-7747.


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