John von Neumann
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in Hungary)
Date of Birth: 1903
Date of Death: 1957
Cause of Death: Cancer
Religion: Judaism (may have converted to Catholicism at death)
Occupation: Physicism
Spouse: Mariette Kövesi (divorced, 1937)
Klari Dan
Children: Maria von Neumann
Turtledove Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Both
Type of Appearance: Posthumous reference
Date of Birth: 1903
Date of Death: 1946
Cause of Death: Execution by firing squad
John von Neumann (Hungarian: Neumann János Lajos) (28 December 1903 - 8 February 1957) was a Hungarian-born American mathematician and polymath who made contributions to quantum physics, functional analysis, set theory, topology, economics, computer science, numerical analysis, hydrodynamics (of explosions), statistics and many other mathematical fields as one of history's outstanding mathematicians.

John von Neumann in Joe SteeleEdit

John von Neumann (1903-1946) was one of several scientists who were convicted of wrecking during Joe Steele's presidency, when Steele learned that the means to make an atomic bomb had been discovered but not shared with him during World War II when it could have accelerated the American victory. In an interesting coincidence, many of these scientists were Jewish.[1]

Literary CommentEdit

In the short story, John von Neumann is executed as part of the so-called Professors' Plot, a conspiracy not mentioned in the novel.


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 392, HC.