Cyril Stanley Smith (b. 1903 d. 1992)
Metallurgist, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Interviewer: Robert F. Brown
Interview with Cyril Stanley Smith, conducted by Robert F. Brown for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on March 18 and April 1, 1992. Smith speaks of his childhood in Birmingham, England; early immersion in analysis of materials; education at Cambridge University; research at Yale University; his work as chief metallurgist on the Manhattan Project, Los Alamos, N.M., where the atomic bomb was developed, his colleagues there, including Enrico Fermi, Hans Bethe, and J. Robert Oppenheimer; the development of the interdisciplinary research center at the University of Chicago; his position at MIT, where he has been Institute Professor since 1961; and research in the connections between fabrication and aesthetics of art forms and technology.
Total: 4 digital files; 2:35:04; 50 pages