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EDWARD TELLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 06/01/1949 - HFSID 154806

EDWARD TELLER The Hungarian physicist who fled to the United States to escape Nazi Germany signed this letter Typed Letter signed: "Edward Teller", 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead of University of Chicago Institute for Nuclear Studies. Chicago, Illinois, 1949 June 1. To Professor H.

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EDWARD TELLER The Hungarian physicist who fled to the United States to escape Nazi Germany signed this letter Typed Letter signed: "Edward Teller", 1p, 8½x11. On letterhead of University of Chicago Institute for Nuclear Studies. Chicago, Illinois, 1949 June 1. To Professor H. H. Nielsen, Department of Physics, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. In Full: "Thank you very much for your kind letter. As I told you during my visit in Columbus, it was also reasonably well considered, and I certainly should be very much interested if this discussion should bear any fruit. As I told you, I am leaving in the next weeks for Los Alamos, and I am going to stay there for a year. According to my present plans, I of course, expect to come back to Chicago for the beginning of the academic year 1950-51. If I am to change these plans, the sooner I can let people in Chicago know, the easier it can be accomplished and the less hard feeling will result. With best regards".  Edward Teller (1908-2003), often referred to as 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 observed: "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?" Slightly creased. Paper clip impression in upper left. Otherwise, fine condition.

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