EDWARD TELLER - AUTOGRAPH - HFSID 72348
Sale Price $108.00
EDWARD TELLERThe scientist who worked on the Manhattan Project to expedite the end of World War II signed this sheet of paper Signature: "Edward Teller", 8½x11. Clipped return address of the Institute for Nuclear Studies, University of Chicago (2¼x1) with typed name, "E. Teller" on it, affixed above signature. 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?" Lightly creased. Upper horizontal fold crosses return address. Otherwise, fine condition.
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