Katherine Oppenheimer

German-American biologist and botanist (1910–1972)

Katherine Vissering "Kitty" Oppenheimer (née Puening; August 8, 1910 – October 27, 1972) was a German American biologist and botanist. She was a member of the Communist Party of America until leaving in the 1930s. She was known for being married to J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Manhattan Project's Los Alamos Laboratory during World War II.

Katherine Oppenheimer
Wartime Los Alamos identification badge photo, c. 1944
Katherine Vissering Puening

(1910-08-08)August 8, 1910
Recklinghausen, German Empire
DiedOctober 27, 1972(1972-10-27) (aged 62)
Panama City, Panama
Cause of deathPulmonary embolism
Other names
  • Katherine Ramseyer
  • Katherine Dallet
  • Katherine Harrison
EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh
University of Pennsylvania (BS)
Political partyCommunist (until 1930s)
  • Frank Ramseyer
    (m. 1932; ann. 1933)
  • Richard Stewart Harrison
    (m. 1938; div. 1940)
  • J. Robert Oppenheimer
    (m. 1940; died 1967)
Partner(s)Joseph Dallet Jr.

Oppenheimer died on October 27, 1972 while traveling in Panama City, Panama from a pulmonary embolism, aged 62.[1]

She was played by Emily Blunt in Christopher Nolan's 2023 movie Oppenheimer.[2][3]

References change

  1. "Mrs. J. Robert Oppenheimer, 62, Nuclear Physicist's Widow, Dies". The New York Times. October 29, 1972. Retrieved April 17, 2018.
  2. Collis, Clark (July 21, 2023). "Oppenheimer cast: Who plays who in Christopher Nolan's real-life drama". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 24, 2023.
  3. Moss, Molly; Knight, Lewis (July 22, 2023). "Oppenheimer cast: Full list of actors in Christopher Nolan film". Radio Times. Retrieved July 24, 2023.