Lot 205: Brilliant American physicist (1904–1967) who directed the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton and who spearheaded the Manhattan Project, leading to the development of the first atomic bomb. Uncommon ALS signed "Oppy," one page, 5.75 x 7.75, Eagle Hill letterhead, August 10, no year. Letter to the wife of Secretary of State Dean Acheson, in full: "It is two weeks since my visit to the farm; but I have thought so often, with affection & gratitude, of the good hours there, that I wanted you to have a word from me, to tell you that, & to thank you. The sense of oasis is rare enough, and deep enough, in these years, that it should not go unacknowledged, even in the poor form of a bread & butter letter. I hope that you & Dean will have your September vacation, & send you both every good wish." In fine condition, with a diagonal crease to upper right corner. Oppenheimer worked closely with Acheson during the atomic development and influenced the 1946 Acheson–Lilienthal Report—officially entitled Report on the International Control of Atomic Energy—discussing possible methods of avoiding future nuclear warfare. Oppenheimer suggested monitoring uranium mines as a way of policing the potential production of atomic weapons. A nice association and unusual signature from one of the most important figures of the 20th century.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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