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Virtual CAES Codebreaker seminar: ‘History’s Most Secret Project’

The Manhattan Project is the topic of a presentation by Alan B. Carr, senior historian for Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), at the virtual CAES Codebreaker seminar at 3:30 p.m. (MT) Thursday, Oct. 1. The event will be streamed live.

Considered the most secret project in history, the Manhattan Project was a research and development endeavor in World War II that led to the creation of the first nuclear weapons and the national laboratory system that includes Idaho National Laboratory. Over the course of the nearly $2 billion project, it employed more than a half-million people and took place at sites nationwide. The actual atomic bombs were designed at Los Alamos, chosen largely for its remote location. Carr’s presentation will delve into the history of the Manhattan Project, including the Trinity Test and the atomic strikes that helped end the war.

In addition to his role as senior historian, Carr serves as a program manager at LANL and has produced several publications/lectures pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear testing history and the historical evolution of the national labs.