William Shurcliff

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William Shurcliff (March 27, 1909 - June 20, 2006) was a physicist and Harvard Professor who was a central participant in the Manhattan Project. In the 1940s, he worked for Polaroid Corporation, where "he worked extensively in optics, held more than 20 patents and refined the automatic-focus slide projector."[1]

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Opposition to supersonic passenger planes[edit]

He "went on to play an outspoken role in defeating plans for a supersonic passenger plane in the 1960s"[2] and was a member of the advisory committee to the Anti-Concorde Project.

Passive solar building design[edit]

In the 1970s and 1980s, he became an advocate for passive solar building design and superinsulation.[3]


He opposed the Strategic Defense Initiative.


  • 1966: Polarized Light: Production and Use, Harvard University Press.
  • 1970: SST and Sonic Boom Handbook, Ballantine Books.
  • 1978: Solar Heated Buildings of North America: 120 Outstanding Examples, Brick House Publishing.
  • 1979: New Inventions in Low Cost Solar Heating: 100 Daring Schemes Tried and Untried, Brick House Publishing.
  • 1981: Super Insulated Houses and Double Envelope Houses: A Survey of Principles and Practice, Brick House Publishing.


  1. ^ Bernstein, Adam (June 28, 2006). "Physicist William Shurcliff; Advocated for Public Interest". Washington Post. 
  2. ^ Wald, Matthew L. (June 28, 2006). "William A. Shurcliff, Who Helped Develop Atomic Bomb, Dies at 97". New York Times. 
  3. ^ Denzer, Anthony (2013). The Solar House: Pioneering Sustainable Design. Rizzoli. ISBN 978-0847840052. 

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