Kenneth Tompkins

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty AR LLC PB00068179

Kenneth Tompkins was born in Cooperstown, New York back in 1904 to William and Mary. He studied at Horace Mann School in New York and entered the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1921 to study electrical engineering. In only five years he earned both a bachelor of science and a master of science degree.

During the summer breaks, he worked at General Electric’s laboratories in Lynn, Massachusetts where he obtained three patents related to photoelectric tubes. Not that he was satisfied with what he had accomplished now his attention turned to physics. So, he enrolled t Princeton University where in 1929 he was awarded his Ph.D. and his thesis was on a search for element 87.  

In 1932 he used an instrument to verify Albert Einstein’s mass-energy equivalence by developing a mass spectrometer. In 1933 he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. He worked as an associate professor at Harvard and in 1937 was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 1996 at 91 and is buried on Martha’s Vineyard.

Now apparently, he was a brilliant person however, what he was involved in during WWII will forever be written down in history. You see I’m writing about is Kenneth Tompkins Bainbridge a person that along with others (one of which was J. Robert Oppenheimer) develop the atomic bomb. Of which he was the Director of the Trinity nuclear test and the boss of Mr. Oppenheimer. Until now you thought Oppenheimer was the leader however, now you know the real story.

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Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Thanks you for enlightening us on Kenneth Tompkins..he was a brilliant man and hard to imagine all he was responsible for during his lifetime..a very industrious man!


Nov 25, 2016 04:45 AM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

You're right James, I didn't know the full story.  Thanks.

Nov 25, 2016 04:47 AM #2
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

When the day ends,  James Dray  , we all have one boss or many. Kenneth Tompkins was up to the task and the protocols were followed by all involved in the Manhattan Project...Thankfully!

Nov 25, 2016 05:13 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

There is always the silent one in the group!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 25, 2016 05:20 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. There is always a silent leader! Again, however, until now, no clue! Enjoy your day!

Nov 25, 2016 05:41 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That series of accomplishments if it were basesball would have him remembered forever.

Nov 25, 2016 05:48 AM #6
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It's always good to know the whole story and he definitely seems like he was a brilliant man!

Nov 25, 2016 06:00 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


what a legacy to have. Perhaps he did not want to be known for this invention. A

Nov 25, 2016 06:09 AM #8
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

 Some say it was a curse but there were very few downsides to ending World War II, this was an interesting post James Dray 

Nov 25, 2016 09:38 AM #9
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- did not know this but he certainly was a man of great academics!

Nov 25, 2016 10:39 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I have to agee with Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington on this one. As much as I reflect and wonder what it was like to agonize over the decisions that had to be made during WWII, at the time, I don't think there was any other recourse to end the war. 

Nov 25, 2016 03:33 PM #11
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Hmmmm, James Dray. Guess I felt I needed a dictionary and an encyclopedia to read the first three-quarter's of today's post.  However.... , by the end, the story was very loud and clear.  Great read, James.

Nov 26, 2016 04:18 PM #12
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