Marcus (later Sir Marcus) Oliphant was professor of physics at Birmingham University, which included among its distinguished achievements the invention of radar and the crucial equations which showed exactly how much (or how little) uranium was needed to make an atomic bomb, the calculations which brought the Manhattan Project into the realm of the feasible. Later he returned to his native Australia where he helped found the Australian National University at Canberra and where he was involved in the construction of a particle accelerator which never worked and was eventually abandoned. This expensive fiasco became known in Australian academic circles as 'The White Oliphant'.

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