|About the Book|
As he was preparing to enter graduate school in physics, Donald Trauger received a telephone call that would change the course of his entire life. On the line was John Dunning, head of the Manhattan District Project at Columbia University, whoMoreAs he was preparing to enter graduate school in physics, Donald Trauger received a telephone call that would change the course of his entire life. On the line was John Dunning, head of the Manhattan District Project at Columbia University, who invited Trauger to join his staff in classified physics research. The young student promptly accepted, and thus began an amazing five-decade career that shaped many important developments in nuclear energy technology. In this insightful memoir, Donald Trauger shares stories from a lifetime of study in the field of energy technology. Beginning with accounts of his early life on the farm where windmills, steam tractors, and horses all made daily chores more efficient, the text chronicles Traugers role in the development of the gaseous diffusion method for obtaining uranium 235, the fissionable component of the Hiroshima bomb and the essential element in peacetime nuclear energy. Ultimately named associate director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Trauger piloted innovative domestic and international research projects during his long tenure at Oak Ridge. The book concludes with a discussion of current energy trends and projections about future developments in the field. Enriched by personal anecdotes of adventures with family, friends, and colleagues, the text is illustrated with images from Traugers extensive photo collection.Throughout the book, Traugers voice is as heartwarmingly human as it is scientifically engaging. Readers will find in these pages a fascinating glimpse into the brilliant mind of a pioneer and prophet who witnessed firsthand the explosion of energy technology that was the twentieth century.