KEITH F. ADAMSON - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: SUSAN H. ADAMSON - HFSID 191705
KEITH F. ADAMSON. Philatelic Envelope signed: "Keith F.
Adamson/Col. U.S. Army", 6x3½. On verso: "Susan H. Adamson (Mrs.
K. F.)". Block of four 3-cent U.S. Army stamps affixed, postmarked
New York, October 30, 1945. Typed on envelope by collector: "(Atomic Bomb
Projecc.)/(World-war II,1939)./Colonel Keith F. Adamson,/Project of Atomic
Bomb,/Washington, D.C.". In October 1939, as he had promised Albert
Einstein, President Roosevelt established the Uranium Committee, which
met for the first time on October 21st. Lieutenant Colonel Keith F. Adamson
was the Army Representative. In attendance were Adamson, Lyman J. Briggs
(Director, Bureau of Standards), Briggs' assistant, Cdr. Gilbert C. Hoover for
the Navy, Alexander Sachs, Leo Szilard, Eugene Wigner, Edward Teller and Richard
Roberts. Teller represented Enrico Fermi who refused to attend because of a
dispute with the Navy Dept. A little more than a week later, on November 1st,
the Uranium Committee issued a report to President Roosevelt, stating among
other things: "If the reaction turns out to be explosive in character, it
would provide a possible source of bombs with a destructiveness vastly greater
than anything now known" and "we recommend adequate support for a thorough
investigation". Fine condition.
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