William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 1st Baron Beaverbrook (25 May 1879 – 9 June 1964) was a Canadian-British politician, diplomat, businessman, and writer. He served in the British Parliament early in the 20th century, and was granted a peerage in 1917. During World War II, he served in the cabinet of Prime MinisterWinston Churchill. He was a divisive figure for most of his life, loved and hated in equal measure.
Their paths crossed again when Beaverbrook and Molotov participated in an Anglo-American-Soviet summit in New York City to discuss their alliance's continuing efforts against the Race. Beaverbrook expressed concerns about Germany's use of an unknown type of gas weapon against the Lizards. He also reminded those present that the Colonization Fleet was coming, and simply forcing détente might not be the easiest course of action.