"J. Robert Oppenheimer: The Father of the Atomic Bomb and Beyond" Here are 8 facts about his life:

1. J. Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist born on April 22, 1904, in New York City.

2. He is best known for his role as the scientific director of the Manhattan Project, which led to the development of the world's first atomic bomb during World War II.

3. Oppenheimer attended Harvard University, where he excelled in physics and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Göttingen in Germany.

4. During the 1930s, Oppenheimer made significant contributions to quantum mechanics and theoretical physics, becoming a prominent figure in the scientific community

5. On July 16, 1945, the first atomic bomb was successfully tested at the Trinity site in New Mexico,

6. A moment that Oppenheimer famously described with a quote from Hindu scripture: "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."

7. Despite his contributions to ending World War II, Oppenheimer became a controversial figure during the Cold War due to his opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb.

8. Oppenheimer passed away on February 18, 1967, leaving behind a complex legacy as both a brilliant physicist and a figure entangled in the political and ethical debates surrounding the atomic age.