Edward Teller

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Edward Teller (1908-2003) was a Hungarian-born American physicist who played a key role in the development of nuclear weapons.[1]

In 1968, Teller arranged a private dinner with the CIA's assistant director for science and technology, Carl Duckett. The CIA was waiting for an Israeli nuclear test before making a final assessment of Israel's nuclear capability. However, Teller told Duckett that he had just returned from Tel Aviv, and it was his understanding that Israel had nuclear weapons, but was not going to carry out a test. The meeting prompted a CIA estimate that Israel had nuclear weapons.[2]




  1. Walter Sullivan, Edward Teller Is Dead at 95; Fierce Architect of H-Bomb, New York Times, 10 September 2003.
  2. Seymour M. Hersh, The Samson Option, Faber and Faber, 1993, p.187.
  3. The War Called Peace: The Soviet Peace Offensive, Alexandria, Virginia: Western Goals, 1982.Foreword by John Ashbrook, Afterword by Helmut Sauer, Inside cover