Teresa Waldof’s book details her grandfather’s Manhattan Project work

Harley A. Wilhelm (1900-1995) was a professor of chemistry at Iowa State and co-founder of the Ames Laboratory. But little was known publicly about his work on the Manhattan Project until after his death.

In 2015, his granddaughter Teresa Wilhelm Waldof began researching Wilhelm’s life story, the fruit of which is her new book “Wilhelm’s Way: The Inspiring Story of the Iowa Chemist Who Saved the Manhattan Project.”

Waldof will give an author talk from 7 pm to 9 pm Tuesday at the Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.

You can attend in person or via Zoom.

The Ames History Museum and Ames Public Library present the event in partnership.

Wilhelm and his team came up with a process for producing pure uranium, which made the world’s first controlled nuclear chain reaction possible.

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