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Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge
(27 Jul 1904 - 14 Jul 1966)

American nuclear physicist who directed the first atom bomb test of the Manhattan Project in 1945.

Science Quotes by Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge (4 quotes)

I had a feeling of exhilaration that the 'gadget' had gone off properly followed by one of deep relief. I wouldn't have to go to the tower to see what had gone wrong.
— Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (1975)
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No one who saw it could forget it, a foul and awesome display.
Recounting his memories of the first atom bomb test on 16 Jul 1945.
— Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge
'A Foul and Awesome Display,' Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists vol. 32, 5 (May 1975), 46. Quoted in Cynthia C. Kelly, Remembering the Manhattan Project: Perspectives on the Making of the Atomic Bomb and its Legacy (2005), 25 by Cynthia C. Kelly
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Now we are all sons of bitches.
— Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge
On the first atomic bomb test, (16 Jul 1945) As quoted in Len Giovanitti and Fred Freed, The Decision to Drop the Bomb (1965) [See Thomas Farrell and J. Robert Oppenheimer].

Now we’re all sons-of-bitches.
— Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge
Remark to Robert Oppenheimer immediately after the first atom bomb test explosion at Alamogordo. As quoted in Lansing Lamont, Day of Trinity (1966), 242.
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