posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 05:33 PM
Hans Bethe, 98, has died. Bethe along with Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Edward Teller, fathered the age of the atom. Fleeing
Nazi Germany, Bethe joined faculty at Cornell University. He also was a key played in the 1963 nuclear test ban and the 1972 anti ballistic missile
ITHACA, N.Y. - Hans Bethe, a giant of 20th-century physics who played a central role in the building of the atomic bomb and won a Nobel Prize for
discovering the process that powers the sun and the stars, has died at 98.
Bethe, who died Sunday, stood alongside such figures as Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Edward Teller as a member of the corps of
scientists who ushered in the atomic age.
During the World War II race to build the bomb, Bethe was head of the Manhattan Project's theoretical physics division at Los Alamos, N.M.
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Bethe was a true giant of physics. He won the Nobel Prize in 1967 for discovering how the sun actually worked. Working into his 90 at Cornell he
continued to make discovery after discovery. His work on the Manhattan Project may have been controversial but there is no denying his greatness.