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Jack Shlachter presents Jews in Theory

Oct 04, 2015 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Bradbury Science Museum
1350 Central Ave, Los Alamos, NM 87544 USA
Jack Shlachter, Acting Division Leader, Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory
Jack Shlachter

Event Description

A special presentation about the history of Jews in Los Alamos National Laboratory's Theoretical Division.

A snapshot of the Theoretical Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in May, 1945, shows a veritable All-Star Team of physicists, including four future Nobel prize winners, assembled to perform theory, modeling and computation in support of the Manhattan Project.  Theoretical Division comprised roughly 80 employees and was divided into 8 groups.  A disproportionate fraction of the Division management was of Jewish origin, and we’ll learn about several of these colorful characters while exploring what role, if any, their religious background played in their lives.

The speaker, Jack Shlachter, is a Ph.D. physicist who has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory since 1979.  The bulk of his career was in experimental organizations, but Shlachter became the Deputy Division Leader of Theoretical Division five years ago and is currently serving as the acting Division Leader.  Shlachter received rabbinic ordination in 1995 and has served as the rabbi of the Los Alamos Jewish Center for over 15 years.  Rabbi Shlachter’s current rabbinic focus is on Jews in outlying communities, and he is now serving as the High Holiday rabbi in Beijing, China, for Kehillat Beijing (www.sinogogue.org).

This talk has been organized and sponsored by Amazing Journeys, a Jewish travel group, and will be hosted at the Bradbury Science Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.