Your solutions of the energy source of stars is one of the most important applications of fundamental physics in our days, having led to a deepening evolution of our knowledge of the universe around us.
—Professor Oscar Klein of the Swedish Academy of Sciences, upon
the presentation of the 1967 Nobel Prize in physics to Hans Bethe
ew buildings away from a university campus could claim to be the home of two Nobel Prize winners, yet this small cottage on Bathtub Row played that role during the remarkable history of Los Alamos.
Originally built in 1931 for the business manager of the Los Alamos Ranch School, Fred Rousseau, the cottage was the home for Nobel Prize-winning chemist Edwin McMillan and his wife Elsie during the war years. Nobel Prize-winning physicist Hans Bethe and his wife Rose occupied the home in 1945. Max Roy, head of the
explosives division of the Laboratory as of 1946, lived there longer than anyone, until his death in 1992.
Several months after an extensive renovation was completed in 2012, the pipes froze and burst, causing widespread damage throughout the house. Though structurally sound, the building requires new flooring, plastering, wiring, plumbing, and painting, as well as other work to make it publicly accessible.
The Los Alamos Historical Society has an opportunity to own this house, the immediate neighbor to the south of the Oppenheimer House. Your contribution will enable the Society to purchase and make repairs to the home. It will then become part of the Museum complex, expanding exhibit space to tell the stories of Los Alamos during the beginning, the height, and the end of the Cold War.
Because of Hans Bethe’s long-time connections to Los Alamos and his intellectual leadership during the Cold War, the Historical Society would like to to name the house in his honor.
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