This single-session class will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 25. Join Dr. Frank Settle and learn about Gen. George C. Marshall’s crucial role in the decade-long development of the first atomic bombs.
This class will provide a full-length narrative of General Marshall’s crucial role in the decade-long development of the first atomic bombs. We will consider Marshall’s responsibility for the Manhattan Project and his participation in the decision to use the atomic bomb on Japan. We will also explore Marshall’s involvement with nuclear weapons as army chief of staff, secretary of state, and secretary of defense. He occupies a unique position as only senior level official who participated in or witnessed all of the major decisions involving nuclear weapons from 1942 to 1952. His experience with these weapons is instructive for today’s leaders.
Dr. Frank Settle, professor emeritus of chemistry at Washington and Lee University, also taught at Virginia Military Institute from 1964 to 1992. Before coming to W&L in 1998 he was a visiting professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, a consultant to the Los Alamos National Laboratory, and a program officer at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Settle developed and taught interdisciplinary courses on nuclear history, weapons of mass destruction, and nuclear power. He currently directs the ALSOS Digital Library for Nulcear Issues. The Library is a vetted, indexed collection of annotations for a broad range of materials on nuclear related topics.
Copies of Frank Settle’s book, General George C. Marshall and the Atomic Bomb, will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop before the class.
Class participants should enter the VHS using the Carole and Marcus Weinstein Learning Center.