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J Robert Oppenheimer J Robert Oppenheimer a pioneer in the field of nuclear science He worked with Albert Einstein on the atomic bomb and headed the Manhattan Project in November 1942 J Robert was born to Ella and Robert Oppenheimer who were both Jewish and emigrated from Germany in 1888 Robert was always interested in science and helped his grandfather study geology He excelled through school but had a difficult time in other parts of his life due to not being around people his own age too much He avoided sports and people made fun of him when he went to summer camp Harvard was the college he attended and he graduated in three years with a major in physics Robert born on April 221904 was a quite child who avoided many aspects of a normal kids life Jane Kayser a classmate said he was good in everything Larsen 18 When he attended Harvard in 1922 he had no clue what major to choose to excel in He was planning to major in chemistry but late in his freshman year he started to lean towards physics While at Harvard he took six classes a year and graduated in an astounding three years One of Oppenheimers friends claims that one of Roberts physics professors realized that he had given an A in a tough elementary thermodynamics course to a student carrying six courses and decided his class was to easy and made it more difficult Larsen 23-24 After he graduated he applied to the University of Cambridge for atomic research Also Robert held jobs at the University of California Berkley and The California Institute of Technology which enabled him to assemble a group of physicists In 1939 Albert Einstein wrote a letter to President Roosevelt warning him of German attempts to create the atomic bomb In response Roosevelt established the Manhattan Project with a budget of 6000 but they needed 2000000000 Olsen The laboratory
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