Edward Teller

Died September 9, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO - Edward Teller, who played a key role in U.S. defense and energy policies for more than half a century and was dubbed the "father of the H-bomb" for his enthusiastic pursuit of the powerful weapon, died Tuesday. He was 95.

Teller suffered a stroke and died at his home on the Stanford University campus, not far from the Hoover Institute where he served as a senior research fellow, Susan Houghton, a spokeswoman for the laboratory said.

Teller exerted a profound influence on America's defense and energy policies, championing the development of the atomic and hydrogen bombs, nuclear power and the Strategic Defense Initiative.

Among honors he received were the Albert Einstein Award, the Enrico Fermi Award and the National Medal of Science and, in July, the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Yet Teller also will be remembered for his role in destroying the career of his one-time boss, Robert Oppenheimer which alienated Teller from many of his colleagues and for pushing the H-bomb and the Strategic Defense Initiative on grounds that, in the opinion of critics, were sketchy or dubious.

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