Nerses Krikorian was one of the developers of the US nuclear program. His parents were survivors of the Armenian Genocide, who managed to find asylum in the United States. Nerses graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and began working for the chemical company Union Carbide, producing highly enriched uranium.
Already in 1943, at the age of 22, Krikorian was involved in the famous “Manhattan Project” (the code name for the US nuclear weapons program). In his interviews, he repeatedly said that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 should never again be repeated on earth.
After the war, Krikorian was offered a move to the southwest to continue work on the Manhattan Project. He had a brilliant career that spanned four and a half decades; owned six patents, published a number of studies. In 1972, Nerses Krikorian was asked to join the newly formed intelligence unit.
For many years, Krikorian was responsible for security issues in the relevant US intelligence structures. Nerses Krikoryan retired in 1991, but continued to work in science until his death in 2017. The scientist visited Armenia several times.