Alan B. Carr started his career at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in 2003 after completing his graduate work at Texas Tech University. As an historian, he has appraised thousands of sets of records held by Laboratory organizations for historical value. Over the years, Alan has produced several publications pertaining to the Manhattan Project, nuclear weapons testing, and the Laboratory’s development during the Cold War years. He has lectured for numerous professional organizations and has been featured as a guest on many local, national, and international radio and television programs. He currently serves as a Program Manager and the Senior Historian for the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Podcasts / Webinars
The US ended all underground nuclear tests in the early 1990s in the lead-up to the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, conducting its last explosive nuclear test in September 1992. That test was the 1054th announced full-scale nuclear test performed by the United States. In this webinar, Los Alamos National Laboratory Senior Historian Alan B. Carr surveys the era of nuclear testing within the historical context of World War II and the Cold War. Attendees will learn why, where, and how the U.S. conducted nuclear tests. Mr. Carr will also discuss how the data collected continues to help ensure the safety and reliability of U.S. nuclear deterrence.
The Trinity test of July 16, 1945 was arguably history’s greatest scientific experiment. It represented not only the capstone of the Manhattan Project, but the culmination of decades of discovery in physics, chemistry, metallurgy, and other scientific fields. The technology tested at Trinity would later be used to help bring history’s deadliest conflict, World War II, to an abrupt and victorious conclusion. Though the advent of weapons of mass destruction have helped render global wars between the great powers obsolete, it has also made it possible for mankind to destroy itself. In this two-part series, Mr. Carr discusses the scientific discovery, technological innovation, and the potential for unimaginable destruction that are part of Trinity’s legacy.