Corporate Science: Sagane

  • Morris Low


When the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945, an anonymous letter addressed to Ryōkichi Sagane was attached to three recording instruments that were parachuted by the Americans.1 The handwritten letter implored Sagane

to do your utmost to stop the destruction and waste of life which can only result in the total annihilation of all your cities, if continued. As scientists, we deplore the use to which a beautiful discovery has been put, but we can assure you that unless Japan surrenders at once, this rain of atomic bombs will increase many fold in fury2


Power Reactor Atomic Energy Atomic Bomb Atomic Energy Commission Technology Council 
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  • Morris Low
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  1. 1.Johns Hopkins UniversityUSA

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