An Atomic Love Story: the Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life

I’ve been looking around for biographies of strong women and An Atomic Love Story caught my eye. However, it is really – and this is significant – a biography of Robert Oppenheimer, the famous (and infamous) physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and was, in the McCarthy era, accused of communist sympathies.

Shirley Streshinsky and Patricia Klaus take on this biographers challenge in style and with insight into the challenges that women have faced over the 20th century.

We meet Jean Tatlock, Kitty Oppenheimer – his wife, and Ruth Sherman Tolman.

All three were smart. All three loved Robert and only Ruth was happy in herself. Ruth was also the only one with a significant career in her own right. And yes, this review contains spoilers.  Continue reading An Atomic Love Story: the Extraordinary Women in Robert Oppenheimer’s Life