Manhattan Project Patent
A contributor brings History Detectives a patent with his father's name on it. He is certain that his father worked on the famous Manhattan Project - America's covert effort to be the first to build an atomic weapon during World War II.
His father refused to talk about his war assignment except to say that he sold his patent to the U.S. government for a single dollar. Along with the patent, our contributor has a letter from the Atomic Energy Commission stating that his father’s patent had been declassified.
Was this invention used to build the Atomic Bomb?
History Detectives discovers a plan to hide atomic secrets in plain sight.
- Related Investigation Lincoln Letter Does this cryptic letter reveal Abraham Lincoln's secret strategy for winning political power?
- Also in this episode Creole Poems Does this manuscript contain words of love or illegal acts of rebellion?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Lou Gehrig Autograph Did Lou Gehrig autograph this ticket on the day he announced his retirement?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 Society Circus Program Why are some of New York's wealthiest planning a circus at the depth of the Great Depression?
- Also in Depression and WWII: 1929-1945 World War II Leaflets How did this scrap of paper help change the course of World War II?
- Also with Wes Cowan Whaling Ship Might a ship docked in Mystic Seaport, hold secrets to the Underground Railroad?
This is a place for opinions, comments, questions and discussion; a place where viewers of History Detectives can express their points of view and connect with others who value history. We ask that posters be polite and respectful of all opinions. History Detectives reserves the right to delete comments that don’t conform to this conduct. We will not respond to every post, but will do our best to answer specific questions, or address an error.