The untold story of the humble man whose scientific innovation helped end World War II
In February 1942, leaders of the Manhattan Project had a problem: to prove a controlled nuclear chain reaction was possible, they needed pure uranium—tons of it and in less than ten months. With only a few grams in existence, there was little hope anyone could achieve such a feat. Harley Wilhelm, a chemistry professor at Iowa State College, rose to the challenge.
A sharecropper’s son and former college basketball coach, Wilhelm was an unlikely character to impact the course of world history. Nevertheless, he and his small, ragtag team of scientists and technicians surpassed everyone’s wildest expectations.
Wilhelm’s Way reveals the life and times of this unsung hero who helped America win the race to build the atomic bomb and end World War II.
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Leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project
Independent scholar Teresa Wilhelm Waldof is the world’s leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project. She speaks on Dr. Wilhelm’s life and scientific contributions, the Ames Project, and the founding of Ames Laboratory. She holds a BA in speech communications and an MBA from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Rochester, Minnesota, with her family.