Edward Teller
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Hungary)
Date of Birth: 1908
Date of Death: 2003
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Agnostic (born into)
Occupation: Scientist
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Both
Type of Appearance: Direct (short story),
Contemporary reference (novel)
Edward Teller (born Teller Ede, January 15, 1908 - September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-born American nuclear physicist, and an early participant in the Manhattan Project. Of Jewish descent, Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s to escape the spread of Nazism in Europe. Unlike certain of his other colleagues, Teller remained strong advocate of the development of nuclear technology for military purposes for the remainder of his life. He is known as the "father of the hydrogen bomb".

Edward Teller in Joe SteeleEdit

In the late 1930s, Edward Teller engaged in subversive behavior and so was encamped as a wrecker by the GBI. When Captain Hyman Rickover was assigned the project to develop an atomic bomb, he received permission to use Teller and other encamped physicists within a special encampment to work on the bomb.[1] The project proved successful, so Teller and the others earned their freedom.[2]

Literary CommentEdit

In the short story Edward Teller is arrested as part of the "Professors' Plot", but manages to convince Steele to spare him by promising an atomic bomb in three years. Steele agrees. While Teller is mentioned in the novel, Hyman Rickover is in charge of the atomic bomb project.


  1. Joe Steele, pgs. 319-320, HC.
  2. Ibid, pg. 393.