Charles Louis

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Charles Louis was born in Shreve, Ohio back in 1910. Can’t tell you who his parents were however, for this post it is not necessary. He received his B.S. degree in 1934 and his M.A. in Mathematics from George Washington University and his PhD in Physics in 1939. Can you tell he is way beyond me after kindergarten?

Anyway, after graduation he taught optics at the University of Rochester. In 1940, he was awarded a National Research Council fellowship working at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

He moved around to a few universities teaching and honing his skills. BTW his main concentration was that of ballistics. In 1943, he went to work for the U.S. Government which of course is the rest of the story. He received three patents for sabot designs due to his ballistic studies made him valuable to the U.S.

The U.S. Government wanted him for a project they were working on, maybe you’ve heard of it, the Manhattan Project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was the leader of the target, projectile and source group. He worked on two weapons you also may have heard of, Little Boy and Thin Man. Of course, I’m writing about Charles Louis Critchfield.

After the war, he wound up at the University of Minnesota for a few years. He moved on to do research at General Dynamics for the Atlas family of rockets. He died in Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1994 at 84.

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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Have an outstanding week.

Apr 23, 2017 04:39 AM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

That was something to be involved in creating Fat Man and Little Boy.

Apr 23, 2017 04:41 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Charlie would be adding some grease to the gears on AR this morning. When turning, turning very slow! Enjoy your day!

Apr 23, 2017 04:51 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray thank you for another piece of go play 18 holes and enjoy the day...

Apr 23, 2017 05:13 AM #4
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi James, being a George Washington Univeristy Colonial and graduate, myself, of course I had to read about Charles Louis. 

Apr 23, 2017 05:31 AM #5
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Another mathematics one I do know of.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 23, 2017 05:47 AM #6
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray ,

Thank you for honoring another man in history that many have forgotten for his contributions!

Apr 23, 2017 06:09 AM #7
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a man that I would not want to get on the wrong side of with those type of inventions, haha.

Apr 23, 2017 07:34 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- clearly way beyond my comprehension.  Have fun with the little round ones. 

Apr 23, 2017 11:05 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

James Dray another history lesson --thank you and another Jeopardy question right

Apr 23, 2017 11:35 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


A rocket man!  And I did not know about him even though my Bachelor of Arts is from the University of Minnesota.  You would think they would let me know!  A

Apr 23, 2017 12:09 PM #11
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Ordinary people with extraordinary gifts!

Apr 23, 2017 04:12 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

I know I've told you that I used to sleep about 15 feet from my nuclear warhead however I probably never told you the respect I have for the men on the Manhattan project James Dray.

Apr 23, 2017 06:16 PM #13
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

James Dray, as you know, 'me no like-a the story.'  Be it Little Boy, Thin Man or Fat Man...they just do not have them from where I came, the Planet of the Angels ;-).  I know I would not have liked to live after dropping those two on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Yes, I recall, the War ended.

Apr 24, 2017 12:14 AM #14
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Good morning James.  He was in a very elite group that provided an invaluable service during the last world war.

Apr 24, 2017 04:14 AM #15
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

I think the only part of his story I'v heard of before is Ohio. Thank you for highlighting another person with amazing contributions.

Apr 24, 2017 06:41 AM #16
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