Melita Norwood

1912 - 2005

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Melita Stedman Norwood (née Sirnis; 25 March 1912 – 2 June 2005) was a British civil servant, Communist Party of Great Britain member and KGB illegal agent. Born to a British mother and Latvian father, Norwood is most famous for supplying the Soviet Union with state secrets concerning the development of atomic weapons from her job at the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association, where she worked for 40 years. Despite the high strategic value of the information she passed to the Soviets, she refused to accept any financial rewards for her work. She rejected the Soviets' offer of a pension, and argued that her disclosures of classified work helped to avoid the possibility of a third world war involving the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union.In The Mitrokhin Archive: The K.G.B. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Melita Norwood has received more than 1,147,041 page views. Her biography is available in 15 different languages on Wikipedia. Melita Norwood is the 1,040th most popular military personnel, the 2,067th most popular biography from United Kingdom and the 45th most popular British Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Melita Norwood ranks 1,040 out of 1,466Before her are Neoptolemus, Juan Yagüe, Mikhail Katukov, Miguel Cabanellas, Georgios Grivas, and Augustín Malár. After her are Pierre André de Suffren, Fyodor Apraksin, Justinian, Coenus, Kurt Christoph Graf von Schwerin, and Wesley Clark.

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Among people born in 1912, Melita Norwood ranks 143Before her are Mary Anne MacLeod Trump, Nancy Wake, Kurt Sanderling, Lev Kopelev, Eve Arnold, and Henry Armstrong. After her are Robert Jacobsen, Vladimir Bakarić, Ichiji Otani, Günter Wand, Andre Norton, and Romain Maes. Among people deceased in 2005, Melita Norwood ranks 118Before her are Amrita Pritam, Sergio Endrigo, Ferruccio Valcareggi, Svatopluk Pluskal, Vasco Gonçalves, and Piero Cappuccilli. After her are Ronald Golias, Andre Norton, John Mills, Lazar Berman, Don Adams, and Romano Scarpa.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, Melita Norwood ranks 2,067 out of 6,924Before her are George Robinson, 1st Marquess of Ripon (1827), Ian Khama (1953), Joss Ackland (1928), Ford Madox Ford (1873), Robert Broom (1866), and Damien Hirst (1965). After her are Frederick Abberline (1843), Norman Hunter (1943), Ken Annakin (1914), Edmund Kean (1787), Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox (1516), and Alfred Fowler (1868).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, Melita Norwood ranks 45Before her are J. F. C. Fuller (1878), James Wolfe (1727), David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty (1871), Hugh Dowding (1882), Henry Allingham (1896), and Claude Auchinleck (1884). After her are Claude Choules (1901), John Fastolf (1380), John Vereker, 6th Viscount Gort (1886), George Rooke (1650), Ronald Speirs (1920), and Trafford Leigh-Mallory (1892).