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Remembering Harold Agnew

Under Director Harold Agnew (1970–1979), Los Alamos National Laboratory developed the majority of U.S. nuclear weapons in the stockpile while expanding into other scientific fields.
February 1, 2014
Remembering Harold Agnew

Harold Agnew rides his bike past the Laboratory’s Study Center, which was completed during his tenure as director.


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  • Clay Dillingham
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Today’s U.S. nuclear deterrent is largely Harold Agnew’s legacy.

Harold Agnew, who died in September 2013, was a member of the Manhattan Project, which marked the beginning of Los Alamos National Laboratory. He later became the Laboratory’s third director and led the Laboratory during its development of five of the seven types of nuclear weapons in today’s U.S. nuclear stockpile. He also led the Lab’s expansion into other scientific fields, such as medicine, genetics, and space exploration. After Los Alamos, Agnew was president of General Atomics, and science advisor to the Reagan Administration. He was a strong advocate of nuclear power for national security.

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