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Wales and the Bomb

The Role of Welsh Scientists and Engineers in the UK Nuclear Programme

Nuclear weapons pose very difficult ethical, scientific, engineering, and industrial problems. Given the continuing contemporary debate about the utility or otherwise of nuclear weapons, it is instructive to look back at the evolution of the British nuclear program, a fascinating story in which Wales and some of its leading scientists and engineers played a significant role in developing atomic and later thermonuclear weapons.

160 pages | 6 illustrations | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2018

History: General History

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“John Baylis has already written extensively on the British nuclear programme. Now, in introducing us to the disproportionate number of Welsh scientists and engineers involved in the early Bomb programme, he adds to the story a welcome and revealing human dimension.”


Sir Lawrence Freedman, FBA, King’s College London

“Nuclear weapons pose difficult moral problems. They also involve complex scientific challenges. In this interesting study, John Baylis focuses on the role of scientists and engineers, mostly born and brought up in Wales, in the development of the British nuclear weapons programme over the past seventy years. It is a fascinating and surprising story.”


Robin Williams, CBE, FRS, FLSW, Swansea University

“A foremost international authority on the history of nuclear weapons, John Baylis has produced an illuminating study of the role of Welsh scientists and engineers in the development of Britain’s atomic and thermonuclear weapons. Wales and the Bomb will prove of fascination for students of British nuclear history and for anyone interested in the cultural history of technology in Wales and Britain since the Second World War.”


Len Scott, FLSW, Aberystwyth University

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