Harold J. Read: Manhattan Project, Science of Electroplating, and ‘Society of Potpourri’ - Part 2

In 1995, ECS and the Chemical Heritage Foundation worked to compile various oral histories of some of the biggest names in electrochemical and solid state science. The series documents personal perspectives of key figures in ECS and the scientific community as a whole.

One key figure is Harold J. Read. Renowned for his work in Metallurgy, Read converted his private working space into a military metal shop to assist in work on the Manhattan Project during World War II.

In this second segment of Read’s series, we get a look into the science involved in World War II efforts, including Read’s interesting involvement in the Manhattan Project. The pillar of metallurgy also covers the science of electroplating, his connection to the Atomic Energy Commission, and ECS and the “Society of Potpourri.”

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