UNM-LA Library Celebrates Women Of The Manhattan Project

case1The current display at the UNM-LA Library celebrates 293 women that worked on the Manhattan Project. Photo by Nancy Coombs/UNM-LA

Chien-shiung_Wu (1)Chien-Shiung Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium into uranium-235 and uranium-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. Courtesy photo


The UNM-Los Alamos (UNM-LA) Library is hosting an exhibit from Feb. 17 – Mar. 31, which celebrates women who supported the Manhattan Project, as scientists, support workers, wives and mothers living in Los Alamos. “The Women of Los Alamos during the Manhattan Project” exhibit features the names of 293 of these women, with photos and stories as available. Primarily, the women scientists who worked on the project are featured, but the exhibit also features wives and members of the Women’s Army Corp (WAC). 

Three of the women who have received national recognition include Physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, who worked with Edward Teller; Physicist Leona Woods Marshall Libby, who worked with Enrico Fermi, and Physicist Chien-Shiung Wu.

The UNM-LA Library will host a reception on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.  Local author Mike Katko will give a brief presentation about his current research on this topic, sharing stories of a few specific women. 

The exhibit is open to the public Feb. 17 – Mar. 31 during normal library hours: Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

UNM-Los Alamos is an innovative, rigorous, and affordable comprehensive branch community college that provides foundations for transfer, leading-edge career programs, and lifelong learning opportunities. More information about UNM-LA is available at losalamos.unm.edu.