Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge

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Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge

Birthplace: Cooperstown, NY, United States
Death: July 14, 1996 (91)
Lexington, MA, United States
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Son of William Warin Bainbridge and Mary Grinnell Tompkins

Managed by: Peter Louis Corbasson, III
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About Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge

Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge (July 27, 1904 – July 14, 1996) was an American physicist at Harvard University who did work on cyclotron research. His precise measurements of mass differences between nuclear isotopes allowed him to confirm Albert Einstein's mass-energy equivalence concept. He was the Director of the Manhattan Project's Trinity nuclear test, which took place July 16, 1945. Bainbridge described the Trinity explosion as a "foul and awesome display". He remarked to J. Robert Oppenheimer immediately after the test, "Now we are all sons of bitches." This marked the beginning of his dedication to ending the testing of nuclear weapons and to efforts to maintain civilian control of future developments in that field.

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July 27, 1904
Cooperstown, NY, United States
July 14, 1996
Age 91
Lexington, MA, United States