Kenneth Nichols


Kenneth Nichols
Kenneth Nichols
Death date
Associated organizations
Oak Ridge
Fields of study
Nuclear physics


Kenneth David ("Nick") Nichols was the deputy to General Leslie Groves in the American project to develop the Atomic Bomb in World War II. He was a United States Army officer and an engineer. Later he was General Manager of the United States Atomic Energy Commission.

During the Manhattan Project he was based at the uranium production facility at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and he was also responsible for the plutonium production facility at Hanford Engineer Works.

He was born in West Park, Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from West Point in 1929, and received a master's degree in engineering from Cornell University. He died in Bethesda, Maryland.

Larson Collection Interview

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