The Nation: Childe Harold Comes of Age

Harold Brown has always been in a hurry. He graduated at age 15 from New York's Bronx High School of Science, finished Columbia at the head of his class by age 17, had his doctorate in physics from Columbia by 22. Two years later he was a protégé of Edward Teller, a leader in developing the hydrogen bomb. As one of Robert McNamara's "Whiz Kids" and research director of the Defense Department by the time he was 33, he was nicknamed Childe Harold. Now a mature 49, the brilliant scientist-manager was near the top...

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