Why J. Walter Grundhauser Is Designing And Building An Atomic Bomb

777 Words Sep 14th, 2014 4 Pages
From memories back to my American History class in high school, I could tell you that the Manhattan Project was a top-secret project in which America was designing and building an atomic bomb. From there, the United States, after the attack on Pearl Harbor, dropped these bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki as retaliation and as a way to make Japan surrender and sign a treaty of peace. Now for my Granddad, J. Walter Grundhauser, I knew very little. He passed away when I was only 6 and at that age I was afraid of him because he couldn’t walk on his own and had extreme difficulty speaking. This was because he had Parkinson’s disease and Cerebral Palsy. It was only after listening to other family members talk about him and from doing research on him did I become aware of the life he lived and the accomplishments he had achieved.
Part Two: I know J. Walter Grundhauser was born on February 4, 1919 to two Hungarian immigrants in St. Louis City, Missouri. At only twenty-four and a graduate of St. Louis University School of Medicine, Walter was invited to interview for a job at the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Grundhauser got the job and the young bio-physicist then learned that he was about to work on the top-secret Manhattan Project to create the atom bomb. Walter’s role in this venture was to determine the short-term biological effects of radiation, and this was done by subjecting mice, monkeys, rats and rabbits to the effects of full-body radiation. “’We…

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