Klaus Fuchs

1911 - 1988

Klaus Fuchs

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 National 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 and then moved 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 1,142,657 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 268th most popular physicist.

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Among physicists, Klaus Fuchs ranks 267 out of 659Before him are Chien-Shiung Wu, Rainer Weiss, Douglas Osheroff, Edmond Becquerel, Ludwig Prandtl, and Allan MacLeod Cormack. After him are Brian Josephson, Walter Kohn, Kenneth G. Wilson, Joseph Swan, Daniel C. Tsui, and John Tyndall.

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Among people born in 1911, Klaus Fuchs ranks 52Before him are Cantinflas, Stanisława Walasiewicz, Feodor Lynen, Samuel Reshevsky, Ernesto Sabato, and George Stigler. After him are Karl Silberbauer, Bernard Herrmann, Alfred Naujocks, Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark, Nicholas Ray, and Robert Taylor. Among people deceased in 1988, Klaus Fuchs ranks 28Before him are Clifford D. Simak, Luis Barragán, Juan Pujol García, Paul Grice, Tibor Sekelj, and Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq. After him are Franz Josef Strauss, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Gert Fröbe, Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henryk Szeryng, and Farida of Egypt.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Klaus Fuchs ranks 953 out of 3,763Before him are Princess Anna Sophie of Denmark (1647), Ernest II, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1818), Gershom Scholem (1897), Karl Abraham (1877), Leo Strauss (1899), and Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf (1757). After him are Christina of Saxony (1461), Herschel Grynszpan (1921), Fidelis of Sigmaringen (1577), Erwin Neher (1944), August von Wassermann (1866), and Heinrich von Vietinghoff (1887).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Klaus Fuchs ranks 36Before him are Jack Steinberger (1921), Gerd Binnig (1947), Theodor W. Hänsch (1941), Carl Friedrich von Weizsäcker (1912), Rainer Weiss (1932), and Ludwig Prandtl (1875). After him are Horst Ludwig Störmer (1949), Friedrich Hund (1896), Georg Bednorz (1950), Ernst Chladni (1756), Moritz von Jacobi (1801), and Manfred von Ardenne (1907).

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