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Leo Szilard (Spitz)

Hungarian: Szilárd Leó
Also Known As: "Leo Spitz"
Birthdate: (66)
Birthplace: Terézváros, Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Death: May 30, 1964 (66)
La Jolla, San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Louis (Lajos) Szilárd and Tekla Szilárd
Husband of Dr. Gertrud Szilárd
Brother of Béla Silard (Szilárd-Spitz) and Rózsi Detre

Occupation: physicist/nuclear energy, atom bomb.Prof. at Chicago University.
Managed by: Mike Hollosi
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About Leo Szilard

Leó Szilárd was a Hungarian-American physicist and inventor who conceived the nuclear chain reaction…

Leó Szilárd, Szilárd Leó, Leo Spitz until age 2; (February 11, 1898 – May 30, 1964) was a Hungarian-American physicist and inventor. He conceived the nuclear chain reaction in 1933, patented the idea of a nuclear reactor with Enrico Fermi, and in late 1939 wrote the letter for Albert Einstein's signature that resulted in the Manhattan Project that built the atomic bomb.

He also conceived the electron microscope[. He conceived the linear accelerator (1928, not knowing of Gustav Ising's prior 1924 journal article and Rolf Widerøe's operational device), and also the cyclotron. Szilárd himself did not build all of these devices, or publish these ideas in scientific journals, and so credit for them often went to others. As a result, Szilárd never received the Nobel Prize, but others were awarded the Prize as a result of their work on two of his inventions. . . . continued

He was born in Budapest in the Kingdom of Hungary, and died in La Jolla, California.
Changed name Spitz -> Szilard 1900

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February 11, 1898
Budapest, Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
May 30, 1964
Age 66
San Diego, San Diego County, California, United States
Age 66