robert james cowan and the manhattan project – updated
Lewiansto asks: Why would Cowan have code (and microcode) in his Rubaiyat?
It might be all in the timing, Lew ..
In 1929 Paul Leland Kirk became professor of biochemistry UC Berkeley.
Robert James Cowan travelled to Berkeley University to visit Paul Leland Kirk in August 1940.
The Manhattan Project commenced in 1942 and it produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II.
Between the years 1942 to 1945 Kirk worked on fissionable materials for the Manhattan Project.
Paul Leland Kirk
Cowan’s US entry papers. Misca’s work here
Both Kirk and Cowan were biochemists and both worked with explosive materials.
Re: possible connection to the Manhattan Project – Byron Deveson
Three years ago two of DA’s students carried out a mass spectrometric scan of a hair from SM’s head and found that the lead levels were extremely elevated, and the strontium levels were somewhat elevated.
I can make a case that the strontium is very unlikely to have come from either food or water (arguments too bulky to present here, based on the levels of Strontium in food and water in Australia), but there were a small number of occupations and activities where dust containing significant strontium could be ingested.
There was one intriguing source of strontium in 1948, and that was “strontium tablets” that were used as protection against the highly radioactive, and highly dangerous Strontium 90 (Sr90 – a major uranium fission product – ie. radioactive fallout). These tablets were given at the time to anyone who might be exposed to nuclear fallout or reactor waste.