Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Hokie Contributes To History

In 1938, Watson Warriner graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Chemical Engineering.  In 1939, he took a job with DuPont, who transferred him to several different places during the next few years.  In 1943, he was transferred to the company's facility in Wilmington, Delaware, where he worked to design plants that produce heavy water, and later plants that separated plutonium from uranium.  In 1944, he was again moved, this time to Hanford, Washington to help bring about the latter operation on an industrial scale.  As imperial Japan would find out - the hard way - the rest is history.

Warriner retired from DuPont in 1981 and lives near Winterthur, Delaware.  Although he is 96, he can still recall his contribution to the project that ended World War II.  Read the story at Delaware Online and watch their video:

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