A Bridge Not Attacked: Chemical Warfare Civilian Research by Harold Johnston

By Harold Johnston

This quantity tells the radical precise tales referring to hugely gifted civilian scientists in a few strange areas and events in the course of global warfare II. the aim of the paintings is to offer a nearly forgotten background of mystery conflict learn in universities. the focal point is at the slender topic of chemical battle study and on a small variety of participants, yet with in-depth learn of those members and what they did. often graduate scholars and younger teachers, they have been operating less than the course of professors on the California Institute of expertise (Caltech) and the college of California (Berkeley). motion came about in California, Florida and the jungles of Panama. This historical past touches at the paintings of 4 senior Nobel Prize winners and 8 junior, destiny Nobel Prize winners at Caltech and Berkeley.

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My birthday was on the same day and year as Professor Dickinson’s son, Robert. The professor was Dean of the Caltech Graduate Division, did actual work in the laboratory, but was fiequently called out on Institute and other business. 5. I never found a picture of Art Stosick. * * * The second task of this project was to manufacture enough S-10 for the army to test it in a small bomb to see if it would stand up to such treatment. We did this work in 121 Gates. Both for 65 Crellin and for 121 Gates, Professor Dickinson gave me several sheets of paper that spelled out the hazards of the gases and safety procedures to be followed with each apparatus, and he insisted that I study them.

The professor left. The Captain was a big but not fat man, about forty years old, and he spoke in a formal manner. “Mr. Johnston,” he said, “I am a medical officer in the Chemical Warfare Service. Questions have been raised in connection with your application for SECRET clearance and concerning your suitability to work safely on Dickinson’s project. ” I was shocked at the idea that I might not be able to work safely in Dickinson’s laboratory. CHAPTER 1 38 “In your application for clearance, there is a brief statement that you have some heart problem.

When I graduate and get a job, I’m going to do my work with vacuum tubes and recording John laughed politely, Art glanced meters. No more burettes. ” up and smiled, but nobody knew what Professor Dickinson thought, and I quickly got back to work before I found out. * * * Glancing over the equipment used for the charcoal tests, I recalled a day at the end of my second week on the project. 2 m) above the laboratory table. The carboy had a narrow neck at its top center and a narrow neck on its side near the bottom, and each neck was sealed by a one-hole rubber stopper with a glass tube through its center.

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