There was another problem too, that must have pained Weinberg greatly. I cannot speak of that now, but during the early 1970’s Weinberg’s cup ran over with sorrows. In away I don’t think he ever overcame the tragedies of those days. He did have the satisfaction of seeing Milton Shaw driven out of Washington by Dixie Lee Ray, but Weinberg was not a vindictive man, and I doubt that Shaw’s humiliation gave him satisfaction.
Weinberg went to Washington for a year, and he tried to warn the Nation about global warming while he was there. For this service to his country, and indeed the world, he ought to have received recognition, yet he got none.
Weinberg continued to work on the big picture until his retirement for ORAU in 1984. He wrote about the future in ways that have proven highly prophetic. He was concerned about the future of energy, and the future of material resources. What he had to say withstands the test of time, and reflects a great deal more intelligence and wisdom, than much of what we hear today. Weinberg was far more open than his critics give him credit for being. Indeed he encouraged research into solar power during his stay in washing, although later he expressed a lack of confidence in the idea.
During my visits to Oak Ridge I saw Weinberg occasionally from a distance. At most we said hello. My impression of him was of a sad and lonely man. He had remarried, but I am not sure about the second union, His second wife died before he did. My friend David Weinberg also died before his father, and than must have pained Alvin as well.
Weinberg’s obituaries focused on his life before his firing from ORNL, and indeed the things that he did after 1973 did not receive the sort of recognition that his earlier accomplishments did. But the things he did after 1973 mattered. They mattered a lot. Weinberg deserved more.