Edward Teller Facts

Edward Teller Facts
Edward Teller (January 15, 1908 to September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-born theoretical physicist.
Interesting Edward Teller Facts:
Teller was born in Budapest into a Jewish family.
He reportedly did not speak at an early age but developed a fascination with numbers.
He emigrated to Germany in 1926 due to discrimination and the revolutions in Hungary.
While he was a young student in Munich his right foot was severed in a street car accident which necessitated a prosthetic foot and left him with a pronounced limp.
Teller graduated with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Karlsruhe and received a PhD in physics at the University of Leipzig.
His PhD dissertation was one of the first accurate quantum mechanical reports of the hydrogen molecular ion.
He spent a summer in Rome with the physicist, Enrico Fermi which strengthened his interest in nuclear physics.
In 1933 the International Rescue Committee helped him escape from Germany to England and then to Denmark where he worked under Niels Bohr.
In 1935 he was invited to become a Professor Physics at George Washington University and he became a U.S.citizen in 1941.
In 1952 Teller was invited to be part of the summer planning project for the Manhattan Project.
In June of 1942 Teller joined the Metallurgical Laboratory in Chicago along with Arthur Compton and Enrico Fermi.
In April 1943 he moved to Los Alamos laboratory to work with Robert Oppenheimer and others in designing an atomic bomb.
In 1945 he became one of the few scientists to actually watch the first test detonation in July 1945.
Teller irritated many of his fellow scientists by taking full credit for what were collaborative efforts.
In 1955 he was encouraged by Fermi to write an article titled "The Work of Many People" for Science magazine.
Unfortunately in his memoirs he retracted the article and claimed full credit for the invention of the hydrogen bomb.


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