The Westinghouse atom smasher is getting lots of new attention since its addition to the Carnegie Science Center’s Miniature Railroad and Village!
Two great magazine articles were just published, the first in Carnegie Magazine (winter 2016): Reconstructing Pittsburgh’s Atomic Past.
And some national coverage on the Smithsonian’s website: The Strange Story of the Westinghouse Atom Smasher.
Check out the Fall 2015 issue of Western Pennsylvania History, the magazine of the Heinz History Center!
I’m very happy to say that my article, “An Unlikely Atomic Landscape: Forest Hills and the Westinghouse Atom Smasher,” was recently published! AND they used my favorite photo on the cover, which was a fantastic surprise as the issue went into production.
When I started digging into archival atom smasher info, I thought I’d find some news stories about people protesting the construction of this huge thing, of mysterious scientific purpose, in their neighborhood. Instead I found this photo. These people stand in a moment in time so different than today. The image inspired me to think more about the community around the atom smasher and why this place was significant beyond how fast the machine could accelerate particles. Read all about it in the magazine!
This photo (courtesy Heinz History Center Detre L&A) might be from one of the community day events that Westinghouse often held, but the caption in the archives only gives a date of about 1940. If anyone out there has more info about it, or family memories or stories from this time, I hope to hear from you!
Many thanks to the editors of Western Pennsylvania History, and their designers and printers, who produce this beautiful magazine.