H-Bomb: Us Scientists Go Ahead 1950

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    Full title reads: "H-bomb: US Scientists Go Ahead".

    VS of Oakridge Atomic bomb laboratories in USA. VS signs of fences and 'Prohibited Zone' signs. VS of scientists at work using nuclear material.

    Washington DC, United States of America (USA).

    MV David Lilienthal, ex-Head of American Atomic Energy research leaving building, walks to reception desk to hand in identity card at Atomic Energy Commission HQ CU Identity card being handed over. SV Lilienthal shaking hands with receptionist. MV Fellow workers waving goodbye. LV Lilienthal walks down steps and waves goodbye. CU Lilienthal saying. 'The last four years I've been living with the atom day and night. As I leave to become a private citizen, I'm glad of this chance to share with the people of the United States my great sense of confidence in the future. If we are not timid, if we keep our shirts on, if we do not yield to hysteria and jitters, I believe we stand at the beginning of the greatest period in all human history.'

    Birmingham University, Edgbaston, West Midlands.

    GV Synchrotron - with man working on magnets. VS of the Synchrotron being set up and in use. VS of scientists working on cyclotron.

    SV Professor RE Peierls sitting at desk writing. He says: 'After we've heard all about the atom bomb, the hydrogen bomb adds a new, grim touch to the art of destruction. Grim for the people threatened with it in the next war and worse for the conscience of those people who will share the responsibility of using it in the next war, if it ever comes.' CU. 'If the terrifying power of these new weapons should bring nations to get together and eliminate warfare they will have served a good purpose after all.'

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    atomic power ATOMIC BOMB Britain's Nuclear Weapons Nuclear weapons/explosions Politics
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