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ENERGY SECRETARY SPENCER ABRAHAM
Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham talks about the late U.S. scientist Edward Teller during a discussion about Teller at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington on Oct. 25, 2004. Teller was a leading researcher who worked on the Manhattan Project and other national security related projects. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede, January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist, known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb," even though he did not care for the title.

Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s, and was an early member of the Manhattan Project charged with developing the first atomic bombs. During this time he made a serious push to develop the first fusion-based weapons as well, but these were deferred until after World War II. After his controversial testimony in the security clearance hearing of his former Los Alamos colleague J. Robert Oppenheimer, Teller was ostracized by much of the scientific community. He continued to find support from the U.S. government and military research establishment, particularly for his advocacy for nuclear energy development, a strong nuclear arsenal, and a vigorous nuclear testing program. He was a co-founder of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), and was both its director and associate director for many years.

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