As part of the 2019 National Atomic Testing Museum “Distinguished Lecture Series” Richard Rhodes, Preeminent scholar, notable author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Nonfiction, a National Book Award and a National Book Critics Circle Award, will present “Robert Oppenheimer: The Myth and the Mystery”. The lecture will be followed by a facilitated conversation with the audience. The lecture explores why one man, Robert Oppenheimer, emerged as the central figure of what is arguably the single most important historical development of the 20th century, the invention of the atomic bomb. And how his early understanding of the consequences of the explosive release of nuclear energy stood up to the years of history since his time. The lecture is open to the public. In addition, it will be recorded and made available to audiences via YouTube.