Ames Laboratory

Ames, Iowa 1942-1970

The Ames Laboratory was built in Ames, Iowa – adjacent to the Iowa State University campus to support federal nuclear weapons research. The work conducted at the Ames Lab played a key role in production of nuclear materials for the Manhattan Project as well as the Atomic Energy Commision. Radiation sources include the facilities producing and preparing uranium and thorium metal compounds as well as experimental nuclear reactors.

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