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Leo Szilard

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Full Name: Leo Szilard
Born: February 11, 1898
Budapest, Hungary
Died: May 30, 1964
La Jolla, CA, USA
Occupation: Physicist and Inventor
Nationality: American


Leó Szilárd 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.

After the war, Szilard switched to biology. He invented the chemostat, discovered feedback inhibition and was involved in the first cloning of a human cell. He publicly sounded the alarm against the development of the cobalt bomb, a new kind of nuclear weapon that might destroy all life on the planet. Diagnosed with bladder cancer in 1960, he underwent treatment using a cobalt-60 treatment that he had designed. He helped found the Salk Institute for Biological Studies where he became a resident fellow in 1964.

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