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Dr. Edward Teller Gets Atomic Energy Commission ‘fermi Award’

Dr. Edward Teller, the 54-year-old Jewish physicist who is known as America’s “father of the H-bomb,” was today presented with the 1962 Atomic Energy Commission Enrico Fermi Award worth $50,000.

The citation accompanying the award, which carries the highest monetary prize granted by the U.S. Government, praised the Hungarian-born scientist for “contributions to chemical and nuclear physics, leadership in thermonuclear research and efforts to strengthen national security.”