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Portrait unveiled of famous Manhattan Project photographer

7:07 PM, Feb 26, 2013   |    comments
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A piece of Oak Ridge history was unveiled Tuesday at the Museum of Science and Energy. A portrait of the famous Manhattan Project photographer Ed Westcott was commissioned by his son, William, to honor his father's work during and after World War II.

Ed Westcott was the only photographer in the Secret City from 1942 until the end of the war. His photographs document the development of the atomic bomb and the research that went on after the war. He went on to work as a photographer for the US government until his retirement in 1977.

Westcott was on hand Tuesday to see his portrait for the first time. His son William would like to see it displayed in a prominent location.

"I would like to see it bound for the State Capitol or perhaps the Smithsonian or even the Capitol in Washington, D.C. would be a good place for it," said William Westcott.

Ed Westcott's photographs are on display at the Oak Ridge Museum of Science and Industry.

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