Enola Gay Perspectives

Development of the first Atomic Bomb

The development of the atomic bomb (known as the Manhattan Project) was quite an arduous task. The work that was completed by the scientists was of a monumental proportion. The project represented a large portion of the Gross National Product at that time. It may be fair to say that there never has been, nor will there ever be such a unique scientific gathering of individuals as when the nuclear bomb was made.

The most important aspect of the project were the people that were involved. Not only were scientists involved in the project, but military personnel, along with all of the other support staff were very important to the flow of the work being done.

The places where these people worked were also important to the project. For the most part, the people had to work in less than ideal conditions in order to keep the work a secret.

Some of the things that they worked on were like no other devices that had been constructed before. The scientists had to do new and original work, and come up with new theories for almost every aspect of the project.

These other sections might also be useful.

If you would like a different perspective as an introduction to the Manhattan Project, I might recommend that you visit the site at the Los Alamos National Laboratory that explains their history.

This page is part of the Enola Gay Perspectives site that was initiated as a group project in Spring 1995 for a class offered by the College of Library and Information Services at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Author: Joe Kraus
Editor/Linker: Linda Ferguson
Last Update: May 1996