Oak Ridge, Tennessee: Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant, 1972. Original photograph album. Hardcover. Contains three photographs of the buildings at Oak Ridge, more than 200 small portraits of his employees and co-workers, and four 8" x 10" color photographs of his retirement dinner in June, 1972. Photos in the album are laid under acetate over boards, spring-bound into covers of blue vinyl over heavy boards, trimmed in gilt. 12.25" x 14" Very Good. Item #039596
Nearly all of the photographs are signed by the subject person, usually with a sentiment, and some with a longer inscription. One woman refers to Dowling as "The father of our child--AECEA." Frank Dowling was apparently head of the Atomic Energy Commission's Environmental Assessment unit within the ORGDP (Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant). The production facility was Building K-25 at Oak Ridge. K25, the codename for the Manhattan Project during World War II, was charged with producing enriched uranium for atomic bombs, using the Gaseous Diffusion method. Four more gaseous diffusion plants were built after the War, and the Oak Ridge site was named the ORGDP in 1955 (two birdseye views lead off this album). The production of enriched uranium at Oak Ridge ceased in 1984, the facility was closed in 1985, and all five plants were demolished in February, 2017.