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Edward Teller was a theoretical physicist, who invented the hydrogen bomb

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BirthdayJanuary 15, 1908
Died onSeptember 9, 2003
NationalityAmerican
FamousAtheists, Atheists/Agnostics, Scientists, Physicists
SpousesAugusta Maria
Universities
  • University of Karlsruhe
  • University of Leipzig
  • Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)
Discoveries / Inventions
  • Thermonuclear Weapon
Birth PlaceBudapest
ReligionJewish
GenderMale
FatherMax Teller
MotherIlona
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inBudapest
Died at Age95

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Who is Edward Teller?

A controversial figure and one of the most brilliant nuclear and molecular physicists, Edward Teller left an unparalleled legacy in the field of science. Hailed as the ‘the father of the hydrogen bomb’, Teller was one of the most imaginative and creative physicists. He holds a significant position in the development of nuclear energy and has made a major contribution in the fields of nuclear physics, molecular physics and spectroscopy. This weapons research pioneer, whose work on nuclear science was of crucial importance, played a key role in the American War effort. He advocated nuclear energy development, proposed the need for a strong nuclear arsenal and the need for a vigorous nuclear testing program in the country. He also helped to create nuclear reactor safety standards. He also investigated and proposed non-military uses of nuclear explosives and also advised Israel on nuclear matters. To learn more interesting facts about his childhood, personal life and professional achievements in the field of science, nuclear energy and nuclear technology, scroll down and continue to read this biography.

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Childhood & Early Life

Edward Teller was born in Budapest, Hungary to Jewish parents, Max Teller, who was an attorney and Ilona Teller, a pianist.

In 1928, he graduated from the University of Karlsruhe with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He later obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Leipzig.

In 1935, he moved to the United States of America and worked as physics Professor at the George Washington University, where he taught until 1941.

Career

In 1941, he became a citizen of the United States of America, before which he worked as a theoretical physicist. However, after he earned a U.S. citizenship, he became interested in the study of nuclear energy.

In 1942, he was invited to be a part of seminar on the Manhattan Project, a project that developed the first atomic bomb. During the session, he gave ideas about producing a fission weapon.

In 1943, he began to work at the Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico, where he was part of the Theoretical Physics department. Here, he began to give his ideas on fission weapons.

In 1946, he participated in a conference on hydrogen bomb design and the same year he quit his job at the Los Alamos Laboratory and began to work as a Professor at the University of Chicago.

In 1949, after the Soviet Union first detonated an atomic bomb, the then President Truman proposed the development program for the hydrogen bomb. The following year, he went to the Los Alamos Laboratory to work on the project.

In 1951, after his research on hydrogen bomb, along with mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, he published the report titled ‘Hydrodynamic Lenses and Radiation Mirrors’, which was the first workable design of the hydrogen bomb.

In 1952, he quit Los Alamos Laboratory, after he was denied the position of the head of the hydrogen project. He instead joined the University of California Radiation Laboratory.

On November 1, 1952 the ‘Ivy Mike’, the thermonuclear weapon created by him and Stanislaw Ulam was successfully tested at the test site, Enewetak. After the testing, he became known in the press as ‘the father of the hydrogen bomb’.

From 1958 to 1960 he was the Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which he co-founded along with American physicist Ernest Lawrence.

In 1963, he founded the Department of Applied Science, which was a part of the University of California. The university holds the Edward Teller endowed professorship.

In 1975, he retired as a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, after which he became the Director Emeritus of the Livermore Laboratory.

In the 1980, he campaigned for The Strategic Defense Initiative, a program that was initiated by the then U.S President Ronald Reagan in order to protect the country from being attacked by nuclear ballistic missiles.

Major Works

He invented the ‘Teller-Ulam design’, which was a first workable design of a hydrogen bomb. This design was used to create the ‘Ivy Mike’, the thermonuclear weapon that was successfully tested in 1952.

Awards & Achievements

In 1962, he was the recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award that is awarded for pursuit in energy science and technology.

In 1991, he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize Peace for his ‘lifelong efforts to change the meaning of peace as we know it’.

On July 23, 2003 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded to him by the then President George W. Bush.

Personal Life & Legacy

When he was a young student, he met with a car accident, which caused a severe injury on his right foot. The accident resulted in a prosthetic foot and he had a lifelong limp.

In February, 1934 he married Augusta Maria ‘Mici’ Harkanyi.

He died on September 9, 2003 at the age of 95, due to a stroke at his campus home in Stanford, California.

He was the inspiration behind the 1964 film ‘Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb’.

Trivia

This acclaimed scientist used to play the piano late in the night, a practice that would frustrate and annoy his neighbours.

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Edward Teller awards

YearNameAward

Other

1975Harvey Prize
1991Ig Nobel Prizes for Peace in recognition
1961Time Persons of the Year
- National Medal of Science
- Presidential Medal of Freedom
1986 - United States Military Academy's Sylvanus Thayer Award
1958 - Albert Einstein Award
1962 - Enrico Fermi Award

Edward Teller biography timelines

  • // 15th Jan 1908
    Edward Teller was born in Budapest, Hungary to Jewish parents, Max Teller, who was an attorney and Ilona Teller, a pianist.
  • // 1928
    In 1928, he graduated from the University of Karlsruhe with a BS degree in Chemical Engineering. He later obtained his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Leipzig.
  • // 1934
    In February, 1934 he married Augusta Maria ‘Mici’ Harkanyi.
  • // 1935
    In 1935, he moved to the United States of America and worked as physics Professor at the George Washington University, where he taught until 1941.
  • // 1941
    In 1941, he became a citizen of the United States of America, before which he worked as a theoretical physicist. However, after he earned a U.S. citizenship, he became interested in the study of nuclear energy.
  • // 1942
    In 1942, he was invited to be a part of seminar on the Manhattan Project, a project that developed the first atomic bomb. During the session, he gave ideas about producing a fission weapon.
  • // 1943
    In 1943, he began to work at the Los Alamos Laboratory, New Mexico, where he was part of the Theoretical Physics department. Here, he began to give his ideas on fission weapons.
  • // 1946
    In 1946, he participated in a conference on hydrogen bomb design and the same year he quit his job at the Los Alamos Laboratory and began to work as a Professor at the University of Chicago.
  • // 1949
    In 1949, after the Soviet Union first detonated an atomic bomb, the then President Truman proposed the development program for the hydrogen bomb. The following year, he went to the Los Alamos Laboratory to work on the project.
  • // 1951
    In 1951, after his research on hydrogen bomb, along with mathematician Stanislaw Ulam, he published the report titled ‘Hydrodynamic Lenses and Radiation Mirrors’, which was the first workable design of the hydrogen bomb.
  • // 1952
    In 1952, he quit Los Alamos Laboratory, after he was denied the position of the head of the hydrogen project. He instead joined the University of California Radiation Laboratory.
  • // 1952
    On November 1, 1952 the ‘Ivy Mike’, the thermonuclear weapon created by him and Stanislaw Ulam was successfully tested at the test site, Enewetak. After the testing, he became known in the press as ‘the father of the hydrogen bomb’.
  • // 1958 To 1960
    From 1958 to 1960 he was the Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which he co-founded along with American physicist Ernest Lawrence.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, he was the recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award that is awarded for pursuit in energy science and technology.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he founded the Department of Applied Science, which was a part of the University of California. The university holds the Edward Teller endowed professorship.
  • // 1975
    In 1975, he retired as a Professor of Physics at the University of California, Berkeley, after which he became the Director Emeritus of the Livermore Laboratory.
  • // 1980
    In the 1980, he campaigned for The Strategic Defense Initiative, a program that was initiated by the then U.S President Ronald Reagan in order to protect the country from being attacked by nuclear ballistic missiles.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize Peace for his ‘lifelong efforts to change the meaning of peace as we know it’.
  • // 23rd Jul 2003
    On July 23, 2003 he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which was awarded to him by the then President George W. Bush.
  • // 9th Sep 2003
    He died on September 9, 2003 at the age of 95, due to a stroke at his campus home in Stanford, California.

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Edward Teller's FAQ

  • What is Edward Teller birthday?

    Edward Teller was born at 1908-01-15

  • When was Edward Teller died?

    Edward Teller was died at 2003-09-09

  • Where was Edward Teller died?

    Edward Teller was died in Stanford

  • Which age was Edward Teller died?

    Edward Teller was died at age 95

  • Where is Edward Teller's birth place?

    Edward Teller was born in Budapest

  • What is Edward Teller nationalities?

    Edward Teller's nationalities is American

  • Who is Edward Teller spouses?

    Edward Teller's spouses is Augusta Maria

  • What was Edward Teller universities?

    Edward Teller studied at University of Karlsruhe, University of Leipzig, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

  • Which company or organization was founded by Edward Teller?

    Edward Teller was the founder/co-founder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

  • What is Edward Teller's inventions/discoveries?

    Thermonuclear Weapon was invented (or discovered) by Edward Teller

  • What is Edward Teller's religion?

    Edward Teller's religion is Jewish

  • Who is Edward Teller's father?

    Edward Teller's father is Max Teller

  • Who is Edward Teller's mother?

    Edward Teller's mother is Ilona

  • What is Edward Teller's sun sign?

    Edward Teller is Capricorn