Release of documents relating to 1941 Bohr-Heisenberg meeting


The family of Niels Bohr has decided to release all documents deposited at the Niels Bohr Archive, either written or dictated by Niels Bohr, pertaining specifically to the meeting between Bohr and Heisenberg in September 1941. There are in all eleven documents. The decision has been made in order to avoid possible misunderstandings regarding the contents of the documents.

The documents supplement and confirm previously published statements of Bohr's recollections of the meeting, especially those of his son, Aage Bohr.

Niels Bohr in “Naturens Verden”

The documents have now been organised, transcribed and translated into English at the Niels Bohr Archive. Because of the overwhelming interest in the material, it has been decided that the material should be published in full instead of being made available to scholars upon individual application, as is normal practice at the Niels Bohr Archive.

This has been done by placing facsimiles, transcriptions and translations on the website of the Niels Bohr Archive (see links above).

An illustrated edition of the transcriptions and translations is published in the journal Naturens Verden, Vol. 84, No. 8 - 9. Reprints can be obtained from the Niels Bohr Archive for USD8/EUR8/DKK50 (prepaid).

Finn Aaserud
6 February 2002