Robert Oppenheimer

By: Julianna Damoth

Date of Birth

Tuesday, April 22nd 1902 at 12am

New York City, NY, United States

New York, NY

Robert Oppenheimer was born on April 22nd 1902 in New York City, New York. He grew up in a wealthy New York Jewish Family. They lived in an apartment overlooking the Hudson River and had a summer house Long Island.


As a 17-year-old, Oppenheimer went to Harvard where a classmate says he "intellectually looted the place." But it was after Harvard that Oppenheimer found his intellectual passion. First at Cambridge University in England and then at Göttigen University in Germany, the young American scholar began making his mark in quantum theory. By the time he returned to America, he'd published more than a dozen articles and established a reputation as a theoretical physicist. He received an undergraduate degree in chemistry at Harvard. And studied further scientific interests at the other schools.

Major Contributions to Science

Robert Oppenheimer's major contribution to science was the invention of the atomic bomb. He was leader of the Manhattan Project and prepared the two bombs within in a month and they were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His creation revolutionized the war and ended it at the same time. Giving the U.S. a upper hand in military forces for a while.

Summary of Robert Oppenheimer

Robert Oppenheimer was raised in New York chasing his love of science in college to become a great physicist. He was chosen to lead the Manhattan Project, producing two atomic bombs for the United States. These bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki ending WW2. This invention ended the great war and revolutionized weapons. His work today is continually being modernized and is now apart of every countries arsenal. These weapons are deadly and effective. Robert Oppenheimer created a weapon of mass destruction that has become deadlier and more widespread today.