Our first director and Los Alamos are intrinsically connected

Explore how Oppenheimer made a meaningful and lasting mark

Brilliant and complicated, J. Robert Oppenheimer was instrumental to the success of the Manhattan Project — the top-secret effort to build an atomic bomb to help bring an end to World War II. It was an incredible moment in history when many scientific disciplines came together to solve a monumental scientific challenge.

Today, Los Alamos National Laboratory continues its groundbreaking scientific research in service of national security. Remarkable people from all over the world continue to come here to do that rewarding work — just like during the Manhattan Project. 


Oppenheimer: Science, mission, legacy

Discover the life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer with our National Security Research Center.


The science of Oppenheimer

Our National Security Science magazine explores the life and legacy of J. Robert Oppenheimer.


Speak with the experts

Our media relations team connects members of the media with Laboratory experts and resources.


Forge your own history

Our workforce specializes in a wide range of innovative science, technology and engineering across many exciting fields. But you don’t need to be a scientist or engineer to work at the Lab — we offer possibilities for many skillsets.