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Posted by: kyn
« on: May 15, 2008, 13:17:50 »

Born on 24th June 1909, he trained as a mathematician and became an expert on wave dynamics and became one of the worlds first leading authorities on the effects of nuclear weapons.  William Penney was born in Gibraltar but moved to Sheerness where he attended  Sheerness Technical Collegge in the Broadway between 1924 and 1926.  The following year he won a scolarship to the Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine.

During WWII he travelled to America where he worked at Los Alamos, he was part of the delegation to the Manhatten Project that built the atomic bomb.  When the Hiroshima and Nagasaki missions where flown out to Tinian Island in August 1945 William was present.

After the war William became a Baron and he was involved in the British Nuclear Programme.  He died 3rd March 1991.
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