IAmA Secretary of Manhattan Project civilian research director, Ernest Lawrence, who was central to the development of cyclotron and U-235 enrichment during WWII. AMAA
My grandmother worked in the "Rad Lab" in Berkeley, California during the second world war as one of Ernest Lawrence's secretaries. I'm home for Thanksgiving with her, and thought I would see if anyone is interested in an AMA with her. First, proof: http://imgur.com/LZWFh
She is 94, but her memory is still pretty good. She personally knew Robert Oppenheimer, Glenn Seaborg, and General Leslie Groves. She spoke on the phone with many other scientists, like Enrico Fermi. While she did type up many reports for Lawrence, she does not have much technical knowledge of the project. What she knows is more the experiences of being in the Rad Lab, like the security, personalities, and amusing stories. After the war, my grandmother married my grandfather, who was an engineer in the Rad Lab.
tl, dr: My grandmother knows stuff about the people who made the first atomic bombs.
EDIT: I'm getting a fair number of down votes, which I suspect are from the people who are against nuclear weapons. While that is certainly a valid opinion, I don't think this is the place to discuss it.
EDIT 2: This is fantastic, a lot of great questions. Especially, about different people at the lab, the building, and what a day was like. My grandmother was really interested in who are asking these questions. So let us know! Just like where you are and why you care.
EDIT 3: Alright, time for a time out. My grandmother wants to help my mother with the cooking and such for dinner. I think we can get back again later, and certainly tomorrow. I'm hear all weekend and I will happily spend it with my grandmother answering every question we possibly can. Please keep the questions coming!
EDIT 4: Wow, front page. My grandmother and I will be on and off the next couple of days and we will answer as many questions as we have time for. I'll try and read all of the questions to pick out the good ones, so please keep asking. The things I would never have thought to ask are great!