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Edward Teller

Teller in 1958 as Director of the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Born (1908-01-15)January 15, 1908
Budapest, Austria-Hungary
Died September 9, 2003(2003-09-09) (aged 95)
Stanford, California, United States
Residence United States
Nationality

Hungarian
American (from March 6, 1941)

Fields Physics (theoretical)
Institutions

George Washington University
University of Göttingen
Bohr Institute
University College London
Manhattan Project
University of Chicago
Florida Institute of Technology
University of California, Davis
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Livermore Laboratory
Hoover Institution

Alma mater

University of Karlsruhe
University of Leipzig

Doctoral advisor Werner Heisenberg
Doctoral students

Chen Ning Yang
Lincoln Wolfenstein
Marshall Rosenbluth
Charles Critchfield

Other notable students Jack Steinberger
Known for

Jahn–Teller effect
Ashkin–Teller model
Hydrogen bomb

Notable awards

1982 National Medal of Science
1980 Eringen Medal
1975 Harvey Prize
1962 Enrico Fermi Award
1958 Albert Einstein Award

Spouse
Augusta Maria Harkanyi
(1934–2000 (her death))
Children Paul Teller & Wendy Teller

Two paradoxes are better than one; they may even suggest a solution.
I tried to contribute to the defeat of the Soviets. If I contributed 1%, it is 1% of something enormous.
Edward Teller
The science of today is the technology of tomorrow.
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
Edward Teller
Physics is, hopefully, simple. Physicists are not.
My experience has been in a short 77 years that in the end when you fight for a desperate cause and have good reasons to fight, you usually win.
Edward Teller
Life improves slowly and goes wrong fast, and only catastrophe is clearly visible.
Edward Teller
Secrecy, once accepted, becomes an addiction.
No endeavor that is worthwhile is simple in prospect; if it is right, it will be simple in retrospect.
Edward Teller
The main purpose of science is simplicity and as we understand more things, everything is becoming simpler.
Edward Teller
Had we not pursued the hydrogen bomb, there is a very real threat that we would now all be speaking Russian. I have no regrets.
Edward Teller