THE ATOM: The Oppenheimer Case

THE ATOM The Oppenheimer Case Swirling last week amid the currents of opinion stirred up by Russia's Sputniks was a demand for a re-examination of the decade's most sensational security-risk case: the Atomic Energy Commission's 1954 decision revoking the security clearance of Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, wartime director of the Los Alamos A-bomb laboratory and later chairman of the AEC's General Advisory Committee. A three-man special board headed by the University of North Carolina's President Gordon Gray (now Defense Mobilization Director) concluded in 1954 that Oppenheimer was a loyal citizen, but that past "disregard for the requirements of the security...

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