Ward V. Evans Quotes

I personally think that our failure to clear Dr. Oppenheimer will be a black mark on the escutcheon of our country. His witnesses are a considerable segment of the scientific backbone of our Nation and they endorse him.

 
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The other two members of the committee, at the height of the red scare and the cold war, voted to remove the security clearance and hence fire the brilliant scientist who had done the most to develop the atomic bomb, but had concerns about building the “Super” bomb—the hydrogen bomb. A dissenter was thus eliminated.

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  • Born: June 6, 1880
  • Died: August 2, 1957
  • Nationality: American
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Ward V. Evans was a chemist who served as a professor at Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago. He was known as one of three members of the commission that voted to revoke the security clearance of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Evans was the only member who voted to allow Oppenheimer to retain his security clearance, stating that failure to clear Oppenheimer would be "a black mark on the escutcheon of our country.".:152

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