An interview with Sir Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Laureate, Nuclear Physicist and co-founder of Pugwash.  Filmed in 2002 this interview is composed of 9 tapes.  Sir Harry Kroto and Edward Goldwyn carry out the interview.

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An interview with Sir Joseph Rotblat, Nobel Laureate, Nuclear Physicist and co-founder of Pugwash.  Filmed in 2002 this interview is composed of 9 tapes.  Sir Harry Kroto and Edward Goldwyn carry out the interview. 

In the 7th of 9 interview sessions (ca 6hrs all together)  Sir Joseph Rotblat describes how he inadvertently discovered that the Bravo Nuclear Bomb was a three stage device.  The third stage involved fission in uranium 238 induced by fast neutrons from the thermonuclear (hydrogen) second stage and this was responsible for the heavy atom radioactivity which reached the Solomon and Marshall Islands.  In particular it caused the radiation poisoning of sailors on the Japanese fishing vessel (The Lucky Dragon). One died within a few months.

He describes how he was asked not to publish his findings and only did so when he found that the US Government claimed that there was no more radiation involved than one would get in a dentist`s chair. Subsequently he was vilified in the House of Lords by Lord Cherwell (Frederick Lindemann) and Churchill pulled a BBC programme scheduled to be recorded on this topic in which Joseph was to take part.

Sir Joseph together with Pugwash was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1995


 

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