Physicist, former Caltech provost Christy dies

Oct 05, 2012

(AP)—California Institute of Technology officials say Robert F. Christy, a former professor and administrator who helped design the trigger mechanism for the atomic bombs used in World War II, has died. He was 96.

Caltech spokesman Douglas Smith says Christy died Wednesday. No cause was given.

Christy was one of the early recruits to the at Los Alamos Laboratory. He was hand-picked by his University of California, Berkeley, professor J. Robert Oppenheimer in 1941.

The Canadian native devised what came to be known as the Christy bomb or Christy gadget, a plutonium implosion device.

At Caltech, he taught and went on to serve as faculty chair, vice president and provost, and acting president.

Later in life, he opposed the further development of nuclear weapons.

Explore further: Schwarzenegger pushes Congress to save after-school funding

4 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Nobel prize winner Joseph Rotblat dies

Sep 02, 2005

Scientists around the world paid tribute to Joseph Rotblat, a Polish nuclear physicist and Nobel peace prize winner, who died at age 96.

Atomic bomb, space scientist Rudoff dies

Mar 06, 2006

Hyman Rudoff, who worked on the Manhattan Project and helped develop the heat shields for the Mercury and Gemini space capsules, has died in California. He was 93.

Neutron bomb inventor Samuel Cohen dies in LA

Dec 02, 2010

(AP) -- Neutron bomb inventor Samuel T. Cohen, who designed the tactical nuclear weapon intended to kill people but do minimal damage to structures, has died, his son said Wednesday.

Physicist Owen Chamberlain dies at 85

Mar 02, 2006

Renowned physicist Owen Chamberlain, who shared a Nobel Prize for introducing the world to antimatter, died Tuesday in Berkeley, Calif., at the age of 85.

Growing Population Warming East African Nights?

Mar 31, 2009

Nights are getting hotter in Nairobi and other inland cities as growing populations change sensitive local weather patterns, according to research at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Recommended for you

Destroyed Mosul artefacts to be rebuilt in 3D

15 hours ago

It didn't take long for the scientific community to react. Two weeks after the sacking of the 300 year-old Mosul Museum by a group of ISIS extremists went viral on Youtube, researchers from the ITN-DCH, IAPP ...

Boys plagiarise more than girls at school

16 hours ago

Research by the University of the Balearic Islands has analysed the phenomenon of academic plagiarism among secondary school students. The study, published in the journal Comunicar, confirms that this practi ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.