Shepparton News

Pulitzer winner dies


NEW YORK: Martin J. Sherwin, a leading scholar of atomic weapons who in A World Destroyed challenged support for the United States’ bombing of Japan and spent more than two decades researchin­g the pioneering physicist J. Robert Oppenheime­r for the Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus, has died.

Mr Sherwin died on Wednesday at his home in Washington, D.C.. He was 84 and had been battling lung cancer.

Mr Sherwin was a New York City native whose interest in nuclear research dated back to his undergradu­ate years at Dartmouth College, when he spent a summer working at a uranium mine.

His ties to the arms race between the US and the Soviet Union became frightenin­gly personal during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

He was best known for American Prometheus, published in 2005 and winner of the Pulitzer for biography.

He was also a popular teacher and lecturer who taught at Princeton University, George

Mason University and Tufts University.

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