Jean Tatlock

Jean-Tatlock-in-her-20sJean Frances Tatlock

Robert would describe her as “a lyrical, sensitive, yearning creature…”  Another would say she was “the one person in the room you would remember always.”

Jean was beautiful and bright, and just 22 when she met Robert Oppenheimer; he was ten years older. The time was right, Robert would say, for him to be “vulnerable to falling in love” and he fell hard and fast for Jean who was passionate about life and justice, and determined to take action. She was attempting to commit herself to Communism, believing it to be the last, best way to save the world, and she urged Robert to become part of his life and times. Jean was from a fine old American family; she had the gravitas, the social graces, everything he wanted in a woman.