London, Wednesday September 10, 2003
H-bomb' dies, aged 95
Edward Teller, the
'father of the H-bomb' has died aged 95. Teller, a
pioneer in molecular physics, was given his
nickname for his role in the early development of
Elaine Ray, a spokeswoman for the Stanford
University news service, said that Teller had
suffered a stroke earlier in the week and died at
his home on the university campus yesterday.
Teller, born in Hungary, was a key member of a
group of top scientists who fled Hitler's Germany
and ended up working on the Manhattan Project, the
secret program that developed the atomic bomb.
After the war, Teller pressed the case for a
continued strong national defense, persuading
President Harry Truman of the need for the
far more powerful hydrogen bomb.
The United States detonated the first H-bomb on
the Pacific atoll of Eniwetok in November 1952. It
was 2,500 times more powerful than the atomic
weapons dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945,
which prompted Japan's surrender and brought the
Second World War to an end.
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