1898 – Leo Szilard – bio

Leo Szilard was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1898, and was a physicist. He is mostly known for creating the idea of a chain reaction and held a patent with Enrico Fermi for the nuclear reactor. He also invented the linear particle accelerator, and created ideas for the cyclotron and electron microscope.

PRECURSOR:
1831 – Maxwell
1858 – Planck

CONCURRENT:
1871 – Rutherford
1879 – Einstein
1885 – Bohr
1900 – Gabor
1901 – Fermi
1902 – Wigner
1903 – von Neumann
1904 – Oppenheimer
1906 – Zinn
1908 – Teller
1914 – Anderson
1919 – Novick

SUBSEQUENT:
1916 – Shannon

Leo Szilard: The Man Behind the Bomb with William Lanouette

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(Visit: http://www.uctv.tv/) The UC San Diego Library Channel presents a talk by William Lanouette, author of “Genius in the Shadows: A Biography of Leo Szilard.” Lanouette explains how Szilard’s fear of German dominance of nuclear research in the 1930’s inspired the Manhattan Project, which led to the creation of the atomic bomb used by the United States in World War II. Szilard could see its potential for mass destruction in the wrong hands and became a strong advocate for nuclear arms control and disarmament. Szilard spent his final days as a founding member of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego.
Series: “The Library Channel” [4/2014] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Science] [Show ID: 28013]

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