LANL: First Painting Added To Bradbury Science Museum’s Permanent Collection

The Powder Men’ by John Hull has become the first painting to join the fine art category of the Bradbury Science Museum’s permanent collection. The painting depicts Los Alamos physicist (and the artist’s father) McAllister Hull introducing eight newly-arrived ‘powder men’ (a nickname for men working with raw explosives powder) to their mission: casting explosive lenses for Fat Man, the plutonium bomb developed during the Manhattan Project years of the Laboratory. The Bradbury is grateful to the Hull family for gifting this remarkable painting to the Museum in 2003. Three generations — McAllister, John and Isaac Hull (John’s son) — are listed on the donation record. McAllister Hull, a longtime physics professor (including at the University of New Mexico), died in 2011. Photo Courtesy LANL