Franklin Matthias

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Franklin T. Matthias
Colonel Franklin Matthias, Hanford, Washington, 1942.jpg
Colonel Matthias at the Hanford site, 1942
Born 1908
Glidden, Wisconsin
Died 1993
Walnut Creek, California
Allegiance United States United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands held Hanford Engineer Works (HEW)
(now Hanford Nuclear Reservation)
Awards Distinguished Service Medal
Other work Vice president at Kaiser Engineers

Franklin T. Matthias (1908–1993) was an American nuclear engineer who directed construction of the Hanford nuclear site, a key facility of the Manhattan Project during World War II. As a 34-year-old lieutenant colonel with the Army Corps of Engineers, he was appointed to the Hanford project by General Leslie Groves in 1942.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Franklin Matthias", Hanford, United States Department of Energy, Richland, Washington, 27 August 2013.
  2. ^ "F. T. Matthias, 85; Built Nuclear Plant For First Atom Bomb". New York Times. 1993-12-06. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  3. ^ Gerber, Michele (2007). On the Home Front: The Cold War Legacy of the Hanford Nuclear Site (3rd ed.). Bison Books. ISBN 0-8032-5995-6.