Achieving the Rare: Robert F Christy's Journey in Physics by I-Juliana Christy

By I-Juliana Christy

Robert F Christy was once a mythical physicist, one of many key avid gamers in the most dramatic occasions of the twentieth century. He used to be a pupil of Oppenheimer, who referred to as him the best on the planet. He used to be an important member of Fermi's group once they first unleashed the unheard-of energies of nuclear energy, growing the world's first nuclear reactor on December 2, 1942. at the long island undertaking he used to be the main physicist within the profitable try out of the world's first atomic bomb, the Christy machine, at Alamogordo on July sixteen, 1945. shortly he grew to become his skills to selling the peaceable makes use of of atomic strength. He effectively hostile atmospheric trying out of atomic bombs and fought nuclear proliferation, a crusade that at last resulted in the SALT talks with the Soviet Union. His favourite topic was once astrophysics the place he made basic contributions to the knowledge of Cepheids, variable stars which are the most important distance symptoms within the universe.

Robert used to be both attention-grabbing as a guy. In his mid-50's he turned irresistably drawn to an astrophysicist, yet they have been a continent and a new release aside. close to his 60's they all started a cheerful and pleasant lifestyles jointly. He remained energetic either mentally and bodily into his 90's: he used to be nonetheless galloping his horse at age ninety three.

Robert's tale is certainly one of overcoming hindrances, of desire, and of success.

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I have been told that Dagmar’s parents succeeded in taking some of their sterling silver along with them when they went into exile. The Urals are a range of mountains that runs roughly north-south in the middle of Russia and are considered the boundary between Europe and Asia. 35 36 Achieving the Rare Ufa was (and still is) a major city and an administrative, trading, manufacturing, and cultural center in Russia. Dagmar was born in 1915 while her parents were in exile in Ufa. A few years later, the family (now including Dagmar) fled the Communist takeover of Russia, ending up in Harbin in northeast China.

He discovered that J. Robert Oppenheimer’s group at Berkeley was the leading group in North America. This influenced Robert to do his graduate work with Oppenheimer as well. When Robert got his Bachelor’s degree with First Class Honors in Mathematics and Physics in 1935, he did not think that he was prepared to apply for graduate work. However unemployment was very high and there were few jobs, due to the Great Depression. There was an opportunity at UBC for a few students to continue as graduate students while earning some money as teaching assistants.

And how did the graduate students find lodging? Chapter 3. Exciting Graduate Years with Oppenheimer 33 RFC: It wasn’t Bob Bacher’s house at that time, it was the Tolmans’ house [Richard and Ruth Tolman], and Oppenheimer stayed in their guest house. We would find rooms. I remember having a room on Blanche Street at one time, which I shared (I think) with Eldred Nelson — I’m not sure. The second time I came down, it was after Oppenheimer’s baby Peter was born, so he did not choose to drive down. But he came down I guess by train with his wife Kitty and the baby, and asked Eldred and me to drive down his Cadillac convertible, which was quite an experience for us.

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