Edward Teller

1908 - 2003

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Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede; January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist who is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb" (see the Teller–Ulam design), although he did not care for the title, considering it to be in poor taste. Throughout his life, Teller was known both for his scientific ability and for his difficult interpersonal relations and volatile personality. Born in Hungary in 1908, Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, one of the many so-called "Martians", a group of prominent Hungarian scientist émigrés. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Edward Teller has received more than 1,777,759 page views. His biography is available in 62 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 60 in 2019). Edward Teller is the 84th most popular physicist (down from 83rd in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Hungary (down from 26th in 2019) and the most popular Hungarian Physicist.

Edward Teller is most famous for his work on the hydrogen bomb.

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Among physicists, Edward Teller ranks 84 out of 721Before him are Victor Francis Hess, Albert A. Michelson, Owen Willans Richardson, Lawrence Bragg, Arnold Sommerfeld, and William Rowan Hamilton. After him are C. V. Raman, Dennis Gabor, James Franck, Arthur Compton, Aage Bohr, and Carl David Anderson.

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Among people born in 1908, Edward Teller ranks 18Before him are Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Olivier Messiaen, Bette Davis, Lev Landau, and Geli Raubal. After him are Simon Wiesenthal, Mika Waltari, Anna Magnani, John Bardeen, Amon Göth, and David Lean. Among people deceased in 2003, Edward Teller ranks 12Before him are Gregory Peck, Alija Izetbegović, Heydar Aliyev, Barry White, Robert K. Merton, and Nina Simone. After him are Edward Said, Ilya Prigogine, Robert Kardashian, Elia Kazan, Maurice Gibb, and Soong Mei-ling.

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Among people born in Hungary, Edward Teller ranks 28 out of 696Before him are Ilona Staller (1951), Mary, Queen of Hungary (1371), Jadwiga of Poland (1374), Ernő Rubik (1944), Andrew II of Hungary (1175), and Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria (1868). After him are Dennis Gabor (1900), László Bíró (1899), László Kubala (1927), Joseph Pulitzer (1847), Sándor Kocsis (1929), and Elizabeth of Luxembourg (1409).

Among PHYSICISTS In Hungary

Among physicists born in Hungary, Edward Teller ranks 1After him are Dennis Gabor (1900), Eugene Wigner (1902), Leo Szilard (1898), Georg von Békésy (1899), Arpad Elo (1903), Nicholas Kurti (1908), Zoltán Lajos Bay (1900), and Valentine Telegdi (1922).