Ed Grothus, who has died aged 86, started his career building atomic bombs, before becoming a committed nuclear abolitionist. He worked for nearly 20 years at the US nuclear bomb factory at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), New Mexico. But in December 1969 he quit, disillusioned with his government’s involvement in the Vietnam war, and thereafter devoted his life to developing a unique campaigning mixture of serious stunts and wacky humour. He became the most interviewed and photographed person in Los Alamos. David Lowry wrote this obituary for The Guardian.
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