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Klaus Fuchs

1911 - 1988

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Klaus Emil Julius Fuchs (29 December 1911 – 28 January 1988) was a German theoretical physicist and atomic spy who supplied information from the American, British and Canadian Manhattan Project to the Soviet Union during and shortly after World War II. While at the Los Alamos Laboratory, Fuchs was responsible for many significant theoretical calculations relating to the first nuclear weapons and, later, early models of the hydrogen bomb. After his conviction in 1950, he served nine years in prison in the United Kingdom, then migrated to East Germany where he resumed his career as a physicist and scientific leader. The son of a Lutheran pastor, Fuchs attended the University of Leipzig, where his father was a professor of theology, and became involved in student politics, joining the student branch of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), and the Reichsbanner Schwarz-Rot-Gold, the SPD's paramilitary organisation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Klaus Fuchs has received more than 2,711,672 page views. His biography is available in 37 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 36 in 2019). Klaus Fuchs is the 254th most popular physicist (down from 247th in 2019), the 1,031st most popular biography from Germany (down from 960th in 2019) and the 38th most popular German Physicist.

Klaus Fuchs was a German physicist who was convicted of spying for the Soviet Union in the 1940s. He was a member of the British team that worked on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb. He was arrested in 1950 and sentenced to 14 years in prison.

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Among physicists, Klaus Fuchs ranks 254 out of 717Before him are David J. Wineland, Theodor W. Hänsch, Yoichiro Nambu, Serge Haroche, Joseph Plateau, and Gérard Mourou. After him are Daniel Rutherford, Osborne Reynolds, Anthony James Leggett, John Cockcroft, Moshé Feldenkrais, and Rainer Weiss.

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Among people born in 1911, Klaus Fuchs ranks 56Before him are Robert Taylor, Henri Troyat, Ernesto Sabato, Karl Silberbauer, Alfred Naujocks, and Nicholas Ray. After him are Lucille Ball, Gustav Wagner, Akira Yoshizawa, Feodor Lynen, Karel Čurda, and Bernard Herrmann. Among people deceased in 1988, Klaus Fuchs ranks 27Before him are John Holmes, Clifford D. Simak, Luis Barragán, André Frédéric Cournand, Tibor Sekelj, and Paul Grice. After him are Muzafer Sherif, Franz Josef Strauss, Farida of Egypt, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Raj Kapoor, and Hermann Graf.

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Among physicists born in Germany, Klaus Fuchs ranks 38Before him are Max Delbrück (1906), Carl von Linde (1842), Klaus Hasselmann (1931), Georg Bednorz (1950), John B. Goodenough (1922), and Theodor W. Hänsch (1941). After him are Rainer Weiss (1932), Jack Steinberger (1921), Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912), Ludwig Prandtl (1875), Ernst Chladni (1756), and Friedrich Hund (1896).