Delivering LIttle Boy:  Captain Nolan, the Manhattan Project, and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

James L. Nolan Jr.

Sparks, SAR Board Room, 660 Garcia St., Santa Fe, NM

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 3:00–4:00 pm, Free

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Nuclear bomb Little Boy

Sociologist James L. Nolan Jr. will discuss the unusual journey of his grandfather, Dr. James F. Nolan, a radiologist and obstetric gynecologist who worked on the Manhattan Project in Los Alamos, New Mexico, during WW II.  Among other roles, Nolan ran the base hospital at Los Alamos and escorted the core U-235 material of the first atomic bomb, Little Boy, from Los Alamos to Tinian Island, where it was assembled and put aboard the Enola Gay for its fateful flight to Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Nolan was a member of the group that went into Japan immediately following surrender and later participated in ongoing nuclear testing on Bikini and Eniwetok islands.  His grandson relates the intriguing story of his participation in key historical events associated with the dawn of the nuclear age.

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