By Diego Gonzalez
Born to a wealthy Jewish family in New York City.
Graduates from Ethical Culture School, New York.
Oppenheimer graduates from Harvard University with a major in chemistry.
Oppenheimer goes to England to study physics at Cambridge University.
Oppenheimer was invited to work in Germany at Gottingen University.
Oppenheimer receives his PhD from Gottingen University.
Oppenheimer accepts an offer a an associate professor from the University of California.
Berkeley promotes Oppenheimer to a full professor.
Oppenheimer marries Katherine Puening Harrison, a Berkeley student, and former member of the Communist Party.
Oppenheimer's first son, Peter, is born.
Oppenheimer is selected to head the Manhattan Project's secret weapon laboratory.
Oppenheimer's second child, Katherine, is born.
Oppenheimer witnesses the first atomic bomb explosion, in New Mexico. He quotes, "I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds."
Oppenheimer is awarded the Medal of Merit from President Harry S. Truman.
Oppenheimer becomes director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University.
Oppenheimer is appointed as the Chairman of the General Advisory Committee of the Atomic Energy Commission.
Oppenheimer is suspended from the AEC for having Communist ties.
France makes Oppenheimer an officer in the National Order of the Legion on Honor.
Oppenheimer was elected a foreign member of the Royal Society in Britain.
President Lyndon Johnson awards Oppenheimer the Enrico Ferni Award.
Oppenheimer dies after a fight with throat cancer.