EDWARD TELLER - AUTOGRAPH CIRCA 1965 - HFSID 81409
Sale Price $108.00
EDWARD TELLERThe Hungarian-born scientist who fled to the United States signed a card attached to a larger sheet of paper Signature: "Edward Teller", 3¾x3, affixed to 8½x3½ sheet. "9-10-65" written in unknown hand at lower right margin. Imprinted biography and portion of a newspaper article from Friday, May 11, 1979 affixed at right margin. Edward Teller (1908-2003), called the father of the hydrogen bomb, was born in Hungary and educated in Germany before fleeing the Nazis. He worked on the Manhattan Project, which developed the atomic (fission) bomb, but was already looking forward to the even greater power which might be unleashed by nuclear fusion. Teller influenced U.S. Presidents of both parties with his advocacy of nuclear weapons, nuclear energy, and the Strategic DefenseInitiative. Teller made headlines in 1954 when he testified that he, personally, did not trust nuclear physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer enough to renew his security clearance. As a result of this hearing, Oppenheimer, another one of the pioneering scientists behind nuclear weapons, had his United States security clearance revoked. In his memoirs, Teller reflected on the use of nuclear weapons to end WWII: "I deeply regret the deaths and injuries that resulted from the atomic bombings, but my best explanation of why I do not regret working on weapons is a question: What if we hadn't?" Signature sheet is lightly creased. Diagonally cut at corners. Mounting sheet is irregularly cut. Ink lines and file holes at blank right margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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