1 May 2008

Inside the Atomic Patent Office

Alex Wellerstein

Alex Wellerstein is an associate historian at the Center for History of Physics at the American Institute of Physics in College Park, Maryland. He runs ...

Before Stagg Field, before Trinity, before the atomic age dawned above Hiroshima and Nagasaki, nascent nuclear technologies emerged into a world unsure of how to manage the bevy of new and dangerous secrets. The surprising method of early atomic control? Patent censorship.