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Australia’s Secret Agent of Science

Mark Oliphant. Courtesy Australian Academy of Science

Mark Oliphant. Courtesy Australian Academy of Science

By Darren Holden

Archival documents recently uncovered in the UK’s National Archives have revealed that Mark Oliphant, the Australian-born physicist, breached secrecy provisions during World War 2 to not only kick-start the Manhattan Project but also to attempt to prevent an American monopoly on nuclear technology.

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