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One Lone Australian - Or How I Won The War

I thought that it might be time for a history lesson.

As my readers know, I am forthright. Yet to be found wanting with the truth.

An Australian saved Britain and the US in world war two.

Without a doubt you would all be wearing different colours if not for the action of one lone Australian. The brave and no doubt mighty US Marine Corps would have at least a million more killed in battle if not for that same lone Australian.

He was a very bright man. Humble. I don't intend to debate his regrets about nuclear weapons because he insisted that solar power would eventually empower us all.

He once showed the proof on a napkin that the unused desert of South Australia could provide the power for Australia and several Asian nations. He was a promoter of solar power beyond all else.

The US knew diddly about nuclear weapons in WW2 before this Australian took the risky journey, risking a life that had developed radar and numerous other essential-for-victory technologies in England, as it was called, to run the gauntlet to America.

He was met with blank looks and dismissal more than once before one bright  connected individual in the United States listened to him and thus the Manhattan project was born.

There would have been no bomb for the US had he not been courageous and tenacious as well as brilliant.

He saved your asses.

Julian Assange is an Australian. He is seriously brilliant. He'll be saving you this time. Like it or not yet again an Aussie to the rescue. Best not underestimate them.

Can you name the unmentioned Aussie who's lone actions and determination altered the course of world war two?

 

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Matt White
Matt White - Finextra - Toronto 10 January, 2011, 09:15Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Is this your way of trying to reclaim some national pride after the Ashes Dean?

John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon 10 January, 2011, 11:27Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Funny Matt.  Right on.

I thought it was the guy who invented the 'cyclotron'  http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bllawrence.htm 

And the Manhattan Project didn't provide a clue:

http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventions/a/atomic_bomb.htm 

So a bit or research revealed that you must mean Samuel T. Cohen - inventor of the neutron bomb.  A challenging find. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/02/us/02cohen.html 

btw - If you want a list of Oz inventors, some more worthy than others, then look here: http://www.whitehat.com.au/australia/Inventions/InventionsA.html 

My favourite is Dr. John O'Sullivan who invented the modern WiFi system.  Frying our gray matter like the neutron bomb, but more slowly.

 

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 10 January, 2011, 11:55Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Matt and John what else do we have left now except past glories?

The Answer is

Sir Mark Oliphant....... from wikipedia

Well worth a read. A great debt is owed there.

Never underestimate the Australians, we don't only play cricket.

Winners were @marketmentat and @chris_skinner  Bravo

 

 

John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon 10 January, 2011, 13:19Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Ah.

Yes that interview is fascinating. Very frank. Often tangential and a little jarring. All those pioneers of the 40s-50s seemed to have a different pace of life and set of goals. Measured in decades and plaudits where now we aspire to years and dollars.

I never realised Rutherford was a New Zealander either!

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 10 January, 2011, 22:49Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Many may be tempted to think poorly of the early physicists. When you put it into perspective, uranium something that appeared fairly benign and only reacted when enough of the deadly stuff was brought together. When enough was combined they got the biggest bang, even beyond what was really imaginable, even if one was able to understand the mathmeticians calculations. Who would have initially thought that once dispersed or separated again that radioactive material would have such devastating consequences?

Young people simply do not understand the pace and minds of the early 20th century physicists. Communication of ideas to fruition took logarithmically longer than today. Decades. Some events were driven by wars, if only because thta was the only way to rally sufficient resources to turn the theoretical into experimental.

Today simply make a sensible suggestion to 'make it so'. Often within minutes. Request almost any information and you just might have it in seconds even without google. Knowledge is - after all - just about knowing who to ask.

John Dring
John Dring - Intel Network Services - Swindon 24 January, 2011, 08:52Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

Dean,

Here's another for you.  'Dr' Lionel Logue, the speech therapist to King George VI in the 2nd World War.

Go and see the film - 'The King's Speech' - brilliant (if it's released in Oz).  No hollywood car chases and explosions, or CGI effects (well OK there are some to provide the period backdrops).  Logue even played by a real Aussie, Geoffrey Rush, although his accent was pretty mild.

It/he will win an Oscar for sure.

-jd

A Finextra member
A Finextra member 24 January, 2011, 13:24Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

A  little example of how radiation wasn't really thought to be dangerous. It gives some context to Oliphant's peers. This will shock you, in a funny way.

When radioactive was in vogue

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