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President Kennedy to Present Oppenheimer with Fermi Award Dec. 2

Nov. 21, 1963 - Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer (pictured in 1946) will formally receive the Enrico Fermi award from President Kennedy at the White House on Dec. 2, it was learned today. It appeared to be another attempt by the Administration to clear the scientist’s name. The Atomic Energy Commission announced last April that Oppenheimer, a theoretical physicist and director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, would get the award. It was the Atomic Energy Commission which denied Oppenheimer access to secret documents in 1954 because of his alleged association with Communists. The commission’s denial of security clearance to Oppenheimer became a controversial issue in scientific circles.


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