Education: Oppy's Retreat

When the war ended, J. Robert Oppenheimer was worn out. He said that he wished he could go some place and run a lunchroom. For 2½ years he had bossed the 4,500 scientists and technicians of the Los Alamos atom-bomb labs. After that, he thought, short-order cooking would seem like a restful vacation.

Instead, Oppy went back to his twin professorships in theoretical physics at the University of California and Cal Tech. On the side, he helped draft the Lilien-thal-Acheson report, since January has headed the committee of distinguished scientists advising the Atomic Energy...

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