Unsung Heroes of Early Oak Ridge History by Carolyn Krause

Oak Ridge resident Carolyn Krause will present a talk titled “Unsung Heroes in Early Oak Ridge” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24 at the Oak Ridge History Museum.

The program is free and open to the public.

The story will include a discussion of Al Nier; Virginia Coleman; Stanley Thompson, Glenn Seaborg’s most valued colleague; J. Robert Oppenheimer; and George Koval, a Soviet spy.

Al Nier with mass spectrometer artifacts.

Krause, a magazine editor and science writer retired for 11 years from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, spends some of her time writing articles as a volunteer reporter for The Oak Ridger, where she worked as a reporter. scientist from 1970 to 1975. She writes about people involved in science, technology, Oak Ridge history and social justice issues. She contributes to D. Ray Smith’s “Historically Speaking” column in the newspaper and does publicity for several organizations and her church. For 25 years, she was editor of the award-winning research magazine ORNL Review for lay readers, for which she wrote numerous interview-based articles.

At the atomic bomb proving ground near Almagordo, NM, University of California physicist Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer smokes his pipe as he gazes at the site on September 9, 1945.

A member of the International Society for Technical Communication, she was president of the East Tennessee chapter of STC for one year. She is currently a member of the boards of Friends of ORNL (FORNL) and the Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Learning (ORICL).

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Krause holds a BA in English from the College of Wooster, an MAT degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MSJ degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She previously spoke to the Oak Ridge Heritage & Preservation Association about Oak Ridge’s historic mercury contamination problem and the responses of local researchers and others as they sought to understand and address it. She and her husband Herb, a retired atomic physicist from ORNL and president of FORNL, have two adult children and two grandchildren.

The Oak Ridge History Museum is located at 102 Robertsville Road in Oak Ridge, the old Wildcat Den.

A tour bus stops at the Oak Ridge History Museum.

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