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Hans Bethe has died

Hans Bethe has died at the age of ninety-eight. As a physicist Bethe worked on the American teams which developed the atomic and hydrogen bombs but gradually become a highly vocal proponent of nuclear disarmament. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1967 for his work explaining the series of fusion reactions which takes place in stars. In 2001 he was awarded the Catherine Wolfe Bruce medal for his lifetime contributions to astronomy.

Quirkily charming: I learned from his Wikipedia page that Bethe described himself as the midwife at the birth of the Bomb.

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