Robert “Bob” Carter was a Washington College graduate in 1942 from Berlin, Maryland. A day before being drafted into the Army that year, he was deferred to a graduate school physics program at Purdue University. A year and a half later, his professors invited him and his lab partner to come join them at a secret physics project in New Mexico. By 1945, he and his team had invented history’s first nuclear reactor in Los Alamos as part of the Manhattan Project.
Photo on the left shows Robert Carter (left), posing with Manhattan Project colleagues: nuclear physicists Enrico Fermi (center) and David Inglis (Right).