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Richard E. Malenfant talks about the history and significance of the Dragon Machine at the next Bradbury Science Museum “Brown Bag Luncheon Series,” presentation from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
The Dragon Machine was the first nuclear reactor to demonstrate a divergent chain reaction supported by prompt neutrons alone. The machine was constructed in 1944 and used for experiments that were essential to the Manhattan Project. As part of National Safety Month, the talk also will include information about the non-fatal accident of February 1945 and the accidents with fatalities in August 1945 and May 1946.
Malenfant joined the critical experiments facility at LANL in 1961 and is now a member of the Critical Experiments Safety Committee.
The talk is in the auditorium of the Bradbury Science Museum. It is open to the public and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.