EDWARD TELLER - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 11/25/1980 - HFSID 47568
Sale Price $510.00
EDWARD TELLERThe scientist penned his signature on this typed letter to an autograph collector Typed Letter signed: "Edward Teller", 1p, 5½x8½. Stanford, California, 1980 November 25. On letterhead of Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace to Mrs. Thomas M. Higgins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In full: "I am sorry to hear of the theft of your autograph collection. I have enclosed an autographed photograph of myself. I wish you the best of luck in rebuilding you [sic] collection. Sincerely." 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 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 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?" Fine condition.
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