Who is Matt Damon’s, Leslie Groves in Oppenheimer?

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Matt Damon plays the role of Leslie Groves in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer’. Leslie Groves, full name Leslie Richard Groves Jr. was a United States Army Corps of Engineers Officer who directed the Manhattan Project. 

Matt Damon stars in the movie alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Rami Malek, Florence Pugh, and Robert Downey Jr in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Oppenheimer‘. The movie is based on Robert J. Oppenheimer, the theoretical physicist who is also known as the ‘Father of the atomic bomb’. Oppenheimer is all set for a theatrical release on July 21, 2023. 

Matt Damon And Cillian Murphy
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Lieutenant General Leslie Groves

Born on August 17, 1896, in Albany, New York, Leslie Groves graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1918. Throughout his military career, he held several important positions, including overseeing the construction of the Pentagon. 

In 1942, Leslie Groves was appointed as the Military Director of the Manhattan Project. Under his leadership, the Manhattan Project achieved remarkable milestones. He was responsible for bringing together the group of engineers, scientists, and other military personnel together for this project. 

Oppenheimer And Leslie Groves
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Groves worked closely with Robert J. Oppenheimer and Enrico Fermi. He played an important role in selecting and acquiring the project’s major research and production facilities, including the Los Alamos Laboratory. Leslie also oversaw the construction of the sites and secured the necessary resources including funding, materials, etc.

Leslie Groves’s leadership and management skills contributed to the smooth operation of the Manhattan Project. Despite clashes being prevalent, he maintained a focused and efficient approach to the project. 

The Manhattan Project
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Following the success of the Trinity Test, and the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Groves received widespread recognition for his role in the Manhattan Project. After World War II, Leslie Groves continued to serve in the military. 

For his service, Leslie Groves the Legion of Merrit from the United States Government. The Belgian Government made him a Commander of the Order of the Crown and the British Government made him an honorary Companion of the Order of the Bath.

Source – Britannica

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