Science: Honors & Honorariums

"For contributions to nuclear and theoretical physics, to peaceful uses of atomic energy, and to the security of the U.S.," the Atomic Energy Commission last week gave its Enrico Fermi Award (gold medal and $50,000) to Physicist Hans Albrecht Bethe of Cornell. Both the honor and the honorarium were deserved; seldom has an immigrant done more for his adopted country.

Part of Nazi Germany's precious, albeit unintentional, scientific legacy to the U.S., Hans Bethe was born in 1906 in Alsace and educated in German universities. When Hitler came to power in 1933, he was dismissed from his post as assistant professor of...

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