Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, 91, a scientist who...


July 19, 1996

Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge, 91, a scientist who accurately measured atomic weights and directed the first atomic bomb test at Alamogordo, N.M., died Sunday in Lexington, Mass.While a postgraduate fellow at Bartol Laboratory in Swarthmore, Pa., he built a mass spectrometer to search for the then-undiscovered Element 87, called eka-cesium. The instrument was so accurate it could measure the weights of atoms and their nuclei, as well as distinguish the weight difference of various isotopes of an element. In the summer of 1943, Mr. Bainbridge was a group leader for the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, N.M. The next year, he was named director of the Trinity project, which exploded the first atomic bomb -- a plutonium bomb -- on July 16, 1945.

Chas Chandler, 57, producer of Jimi Hendrix's first two albums and a bass player on the 1960s hit "The House of The Rising Sun," died Wednesday after undergoing tests for an aortic aneurysm in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, England.

Pub Date: 7/19/96

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