Did you know that Oppenheimer has visited Brazil? Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist. He was the director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory during World War II and is often credited as the “father of the atomic bomb” for his role in the Manhattan Project, the research and development effort that created the first nuclear weapons.

The day Oppenheimer visited Brazil

A film depicting some aspects of his life was released in July 2023, titled “Oppenheimer.” The movie follows theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos Laboratory during the Manhattan Project, and his contributions that led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Overall, “Oppenheimer” has been critically acclaimed as “one of the best films of 2023.”


The day Oppenheimer visited Brazil
Oppenheimer during a lecture at the Brazilian Center for Physical Research in Rio de Janeiro in 1961.

In 1961, J. Robert Oppenheimer visited the Navy Research Institute, created to develop technological research, mainly in the areas of weaponry, electronic warfare, underwater acoustics, control and monitoring, materials, and inertial navigation.

The day Oppenheimer visited Brazil
Oppenheimer answers questions from Brazilian Navy officials after the lecture.
The day Oppenheimer visited Brazil
Page from Estadão newspaper, August 2, 1953.

On that occasion, Oppenheimer advocated science and technology as “the greatest power” of a nation and responsible for its progress, both from a military and civilian perspective, benefiting industry, commerce, universities, and the community at large.


Reference: Marinha do Brasil – Perfil oficial da Marinha do Brasil. Em 1961, J. Robert Oppenheimer visitou o Instituto de Pesquisas da Marinha. Brazil, July 31, 2023. Instagram: @marinhaoficial. Available in: Marinha do Brasil. Accessed on: August 01, 2023.

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