Author Event: Teresa Wilhelm Waldof

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Join us for an evening with Teresa Wilhelm Waldof, author of Wilhelm's Way: The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved the Manhattan Project

In February 1942, leaders of the Manhattan Project had a problem: to prove a controlled nuclear chain reaction was possible, they needed pure uranium—tons of it and in less than ten months. With only a few grams in existence, there was little hope anyone could achieve such a feat. Harley Wilhelm, a chemistry professor at Iowa State College, rose to the challenge. Wilhelm’s Way reveals the life and times of this unsung hero who helped America win the race to build the atomic bomb and end World War II.

Teresa Wilhelm Waldof is the world’s leading expert on the Ames Project section of the Manhattan Project. An independent scholar, her in-depth research provides for trade publication the first-ever account of the life of chemist Harley Wilhelm and the critical Manhattan Project work he led on the Iowa State campus.

Books will be available for sale beginning at 6:30pm, and Teresa will sign books after the talk.


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