Reference numberPB/4/11
Previous numbersD.184-D.205
TitleAdvisory Committee On Atomic Energy (ACAE)
DateAugust 1945-April 1949
DescriptionThis was the 'Anderson Committee', set up in August 1945

'(a) to investigate the implications of the use of atomic energy and to advise the Government what steps should be taken for its development in this country for military or industrial purposes;
(b) to put forward proposals for the international treatment of this subject'

The folders also include material related to ACAE's 'Subcommittee on Nuclear Physics established in December 1945 'to make recommendations regarding research in nuclear physics in this country as a whole'.

ACAE was dissolved in January 1948, and the Subcommittee was reconstituted as the Nuclear Physics Committee responsible to the Ministry of Supply. Its Chairman was Sir James Chadwick; Blackett was Vice-Chairman.

See M. Gowing, 'Independence and Deterrence, 2vols, London 1974, passim.

The material consists of correspondence, reports, Blackett's notes of meetings, etc. because they reflect various aspects of an important historical episode, they have been presented in some detail, and follow chronological order as far as possible. All correspondents are listed in the general index.
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