EDWARD TELLER - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 4466
EDWARD TELLER The Father of the Hydrogen Bomb penned his signature on this First Day Cover that honors the centennial of the birth of Albert Einstein First Day Cover signed: "Edward Teller", 6½x3½.
Sale Price $396.00
EDWARD TELLER The Father of the Hydrogen Bomb penned his signature on this First Day Cover that honors the centennial of the birth of Albert Einstein First Day Cover signed: "Edward Teller", 6½x3½. First Day Cover honoring the centennial of the birth of Albert Einstein, 15-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Princeton, New Jersey, March 4, 1979, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Einstein has been called the "Father of the Atomic Bomb" because his theory that matter and energy are equivalent has been applied in the construction of the atomic bomb. 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 Defense Initiative. 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 at upper blank margin, erased pencil notes below signature. Otherwise, fine condition.
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