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March 4, 2013

Harvey L. Slatin

Harvey L. Slatin

STAMFORD — Dr. Harvey L. Slatin, beloved husband and father, passed into Eternity on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, at home.

He was born on Aug. 17, 1915, in New York City, the eldest son of Jacob and Kate (Dobrin) Slatin. His father died when he was 16 years old, leaving his mother a widow with three children to raise.

Harvey managed to get a full scholarship to Cornell University, where he graduated in 1937, with a degree in chemical engineering. In June of 2012, he attended his 75th class reunion at Cornell, which gave him great joy.

In 1942, he was the 23rd scientist secretly recruited to work on the Manhattan Project, at Los Alamos, N.M. He worked on the isolation of plutonium. He was the last surviving member of his Special Engineering Detachment (SED) group.

Many of his friends were entertained over the years by his wonderful stories of working on the atom bomb, and his escapades with Phillip Morrison, Dick Feynman, Hans Bethe and others.

After World War II, he earned his PhD at the University of California at Berkeley in nuclear physics. One needed a top security clearance to read his doctoral dissertation, which was easy, since his faculty adviser was J. Robert Oppenheimer.

After leaving the Army, Harvey refused to work on weapons of war, and so turned his talents to research and development of electroplating processes. He invented numerous applications in that field and held many patents.

Harvey was married to Yeffe Kimball, who predeceased him in 1978. He then married Anne Katherine Pratt in New York City. They had one son, Thomas.

Harvey was on the board of the Friends of Music in Stamford. He also served on the Village of Stamford Zoning Board of Appeals, was a member of the former Stamford Kiwanis Club, and was active in the Stamford Library Great Books Group, as well as the writer’s group sponsored by the Roxbury Arts Group at 76 Main! in Stamford. Harvey was writing his second novel at the time of his death.

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