By Joseph Rotblat
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Additional resources for A Quest for Global Peace: Rotblat and Ikeda on War, Ethics and the Nuclear Threat
Ikeda: What an amazing venture! You said that you wanted to devote your energies to benefit humankind, so you switched from the field of nuclear physics to a new path in life. You chose the field of radiation medicine. In England, radiation therapy developed from your achievements. fm Page 23 Friday, August 18, 2006 5:08 PM HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI 23 stand that even now, your discovery of the radioactive element Cobalt-60 is used in the treatment of malignant tumors. Betrayed by the bomb: turning to medicine Rotblat: I felt that I was betrayed by the atomic bomb.
Radar was considered to be the most critical technology for waging modern warfare. One of its first accomplishments was the major role it played in preventing the Germans from invading England. Ikeda: Your story gives a sense of the highly charged atmosphere of those times. Rotblat: In late October of 1939, I presented a research plan to Professor Chadwick to help develop the potential of the nuclear bomb. fm Page 43 Friday, August 18, 2006 5:09 PM THE CONSCIENCE OF A NUCLEAR PHYSICIST 43 not give me a clear response to my proposal.
When I viewed the photographs in the Peace Memorial Museum, I could barely contain my tears. Ever since, I have been urging the museum to establish permanent exhibits in many other places outside Hiroshima. Every town and city should have an atomic bomb exhibit to remind people constantly of the horrors of the atomic bomb. I have traveled the world advocating this idea. I have also engaged in educational activities. I have spent my later years holding exhibitions, giving lectures and keynote addresses at conferences, and doing all I can to prevent the use of nuclear weapons.