J. Robert Oppenheimer

  • Birth

    Oppenheimer was born in New York City to a wealthy Jewish textile family. They lived in the fine side of New York on 155 Riverside Drive.
  • Graduation

    J. Robert Oppenheimer graduates from Ethical Culture School, New York. During his senior year he became very interested in Chemistry.
  • Graduates from Harvard

    Graduates from Harvard
    In 1925 Oppenheimer graduates from Harvard University with a major in chemistry. After three years at Harvard he did very well in chemistry, summa cum laude.
  • Travels to England

    Travels to England
    In September of 1925 Oppenheimer sails to England to study physics at Cambridge University.
  • Goes to Germany

    Goes to Germany
    In 1926 Oppenheimer was invited to work at the Gottingen University in Germany by Max Born. Oppenheimer met the physicists Neil Bohr and Paul Dirac.
  • Recieves a PHD

    Recieves a PHD
    In 1927, at the age of 23, Oppenheimer recieves his doctorate from the Gottingen University.
  • Accepts Professorship

    Accepts Professorship
    On returning to the United States, Oppenheimer accepted an associate professorship from the University of California.
  • Promoted to full Professor

    Promoted to full Professor
    In 1936 Berkeley promoted him to full professor at a salary of $3300 per annum. In return he was asked to also teach at Caltech.
  • Gets Married

    Gets Married
    On November 1, 1940 Oppenheimer marries Katherine Puening Harrison, a Berkley student and former Communist Party Member.
  • Son is born

    Son is born
    In May of 1941 Oppenheimers first son Peter is born.
  • Joins the Manhattan Project

    Joins the Manhattan Project
    In September, Brigadier General Leslie R. Groves, Jr. selected Oppenheimer to head the Manhattan Project's secret weapons laboratory.
  • Katherine is born

    Katherine is born
    Their second child, Katherine was born in Los Alamos, New Mexico, on December 7, 1944.
  • First Atomic Bomb Test

    First Atomic Bomb Test
    Oppenheimer wittnesses the first artificial nuclear bomb detonate in the New Mexico Desert. He is quoted in saying, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
  • Recieves the Presidential Medal of Merit

    Recieves the Presidential Medal of Merit
    For his services as director of Los Alamos, Oppenheimer was awarded the Medal for Merit from President Harry S Truman in 1946.
  • Chairman of AEC

    Chairman of AEC
    Oppenheimer was appointed as the Chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic ENergy Commission.
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    Director at Princton

    In the years between 1947 and 1966, Oppenheimer was the Director at Princeton's University for Advanced Studies.
  • Suspended from AEC

    Suspended from AEC
    December 21, 1953 Oppenheimer gets suspended from the GAC of the AEC for having communist ties. Most of his family and friends were members of the Communist Party.
  • Legion of Honor

    Legion of Honor
    In September 1957, France made Oppenheimer an Officer of the Legion of Honor.
  • Royal Society in Britain

    Royal Society in Britain
    May 3, 1962, Julius was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Society in Britain.
  • Recieves Enrico Fermi Award

    Recieves Enrico Fermi Award
    President Lyndon Johnson, presented Oppenheimer with the Enrico Fermi Award, "for contributions to theoretical physics as a teacher and originator of ideas, and for leadership of the Los Alamos Laboratory and the atomic energy program during critical years."
  • Death

    After a fight with throat cancer and unsucessful chemotherapy Oppenheimer falls into a coma and dies 3 days later.