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George Kistiakowsky
Kistiakowsky
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Ukraine)
Date of Birth: 1900
Date of Death: 1982
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Physicist, Soldier
Military Branch: White Army of the Russian Civil War
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Story only
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
George Bogdanovich Kistiakowsky (November 18, 1900 – December 7, 1982) was a chemistry professor at Harvard who participated in the Manhattan Project. Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire, he attended private schools in Kiev and Moscow until the Russian Revolution broke out in 1917. He then joined the anti-Communist White Army serving in the infantry and tank corps. In 1920 he escaped to Yugoslavia and then on to Germany. Eventually, he arrived in the United States.

Later in life, Kistiakowsky advised both the Eisenhower and Kennedy Administrations on the control of the proliferation of atomic weapons.

George Kistiakowsky in Joe SteeleEdit

Literary CommentEdit

In the short story, "Joe Steele", George Kistiakowsky is one of a handful of physicists President Joe Steele allows to help Edward Teller build an atomic bomb for the United States.

Kistiakowsky is not named in the novel. His "place", such as it is, appears to have been filled by Samuel T. Cohen.


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