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December, 1945

KURCHATOV’S EVALUATION OF NIELS BOHR'S QUESTIONING

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    Evaluation by the scientific director of the Soviet nuclear project, Igor Kurchatov, of the interview with Niels Bohr.
    "Kurchatov’s Evaluation of Niels Bohr's Questioning," December, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF). Translated for CWIHP by Mark H. Doctoroff and published in CWIHP Bulletin No. 4, Fall 1994, "Soviet Espionage and the Bomb." https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/111838
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EVALUATION


of the answers given by Professor Niels BOHR to the questions on the atomic problem.


Niels BOHR was asked two groups of questions:
1. Concerning the main directions of the work.
2. Those containing concrete physical data and constants.


Definite answers were given by BOHR to the first group of questions.


BOHR gave a categorical answer to the question about the use of methods for obtaining uranium 235 in the USA, which completely satisfied the correspondent member of the Academy of Science Prof. [Isaak Konstantinovich] KIKOIN, who put this question.


Niels BOHR made an important remark dealing with the effectiveness of using uranium in the atomic bomb. This remark must undergo a theoretical analysis, which should be the task of Professors [Lev Davidovich] LANDAU, [A.B.] MIGDAL, and [Isaak I.] POMERANCHUK.

Academician /KURCHATOV/

" " of December 1945