Princeton University's Nuclear Projects

Princeton's Nuclear Fallout Shelters

During the Cold War, many Princetonians feared a nuclear bomb being dropped by the Soviets on NYC or Philadelphia. Princeton contemplated whether they should construct nuclear fallout shelters to protect their students and Princeton community members in the event of nuclear fallout. 

To address these questions, In September 1961 Princeton president Robert Goheen created the Committee on Fallout, composed of Princeton faculty, to investigate the benefits, disadvantages, and moral...

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Project Matterhorn

Project Matterhorn was the code name for controlled thermonuclear research started by Lyman Spitzer at Princeton University during the Cold War. In 1951, Spitzer outlined the basic concept for creating a stellarator, a device for confining and heating ionized hydrogen gas to release fusion energy for the production of power. In 1951 Project Matterhorn was created, supported by The US Atomic Energy Commission and Princeton University. Spitzer's fusion research was housed on...

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