Eyeglasses worn by Harold Moroson when working on the Manhattan Project

Object Number: 
ca. 1944
Plastic (faux tortoiseshell), metal, glass
Open: 2 × 5 1/2 × 5 in. (5.1 × 14 × 12.7 cm)
Faux tortoiseshell eyeglasses with prescription lenses.
Gallery Label: 
Harold Moroson (born Harold Morosoff, 1927-2011) was born in New Jersey and moved with his family to New York City around the age of six. His parents, immigrants from the Ukraine, owned and operated a luncheonette in the Bronx. Moroson attended Bronx High School of Science, graduating in 1944 at the age of 17. He was recruited from the school to take a summer job as a lab assistant on the Manhattan Project (not yet given that name). With his parents’ blessing and security approval—two security officials visited his home and questioned his mother prior to hiring—Moroson took the job. According to his widow, Julia Newman, these glasses were issued to Moroson as safety glasses, to be worn at all times as a safety precaution. Moroson was asked to continue working on the project at Los Alamos, but declined in order to attend college at Columbia. He went on to receive a BS and later a PhD from Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute. Moroson became a noted cancer researcher, working at Sloan Kettering, New York Medical College, and Lenox Hill Hospital.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Julia Newman
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Creative: Tronvig Group