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Speaker Series | Oppenheimer’s Legacy

Speaker Series | Oppenheimer’s Legacy

Date: Saturday, Apr 27, 2024 | 11:00AM to 12:00PM
Location: Air & Space Museum
Categories: Lecture, Special Events

Join us at the Air & Space Museum to hear from guest speaker Steve Kelly for a Speaker Series titled Oppenheimer’s Legacy: The Development of Nuclear Strategy in the Post-War Period.

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The defeat of the Axis powers in 1945 brought about a mix of optimism and fear as the war-time allies of Russia, Great Britain and the United States became engaged in a world-wide competition known as the Cold War. Central to this competition was the weapon developed by a team of extraordinary scientists led by J. Robert Oppenheimer at the secret lab in Los Alamos, New Mexico. This presentation will look at the development of atomic weapons in both the United States and the Soviet Union in the immediate post-war period and emergence of a new strategy in power politics.

This presentation will take place in the Harrison Ford Theater and is included in museum admission.

Speaker: Steve Kelly

Steve Kelly has lived in Colorado for the past 60 years, attending elementary, high school and college in the state. He trained as an Imagery Analyst with the Naval Reserve and completed 22 years of total active and reserve duty. He was mobilized for several Global War on Terror operations from 2002-2004, where he served as the lead imagery analyst for the Operational Analysis and Targeting Directorate at the Joint Intelligence Center Pacific, Pearl Harbor, HI.

Steve was formerly employed at Lockheed/Martin Corporation working on classified satellite programs at their Waterton, Deer Creek, and Gaithersburg, MD locations. He has been a volunteer with Wings over the Rockies Air & Space Museum since 1994 working with exhibit production, museum education, lectures and presentations and was the chairperson for the Apollo 50th Anniversary project in 2019. Over the past three years, he has taught classes for University of Denver Enrichment Program on space exploration topics. He is currently the president of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society.

Stephen Kelly

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