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Oral History Interview — Dr. Carl Friedrich Weizsäcker

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Interview with Dr. Carl Friedrich Weizsäcker
By Mark Walker

May 9, 1985

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Carl Weizsäcker; May 9, 1985

ABSTRACT: Transuranic elements; nuclear reactor design. Weizsäcker's work in Berlin at Otto Hahn and Peter Debye's institutes; the discovery of nuclear fission; military service exemptions for scientists. Competition within the German uranium project; nuclear explosives. End of the war; Werner Heisenberg and Samuel Goudsmit; Farm Hall and critical mass of a chain reaction. Weizsäcker's interest in policy; interest in the civil uses of nuclear energy; uranium research as a method of survival; German science policy after 1955; the Göttingen Manifesto. Also prominently mentioned are: Peter Josef William Debye, Kurt Diebner, Samuel Abraham Goudsmit, Otto Hahn, Werner Heisenberg, Karl Heinz Höcker, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Schumann, and Karl Wirtz.