Foggy Bottom in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Professor of Physics, 1935 to 1945
This plaque commemorates the seminal research of the renowned Dr. Edward Teller during his tenure at The George Washington University.
By agreement with GW Professor George Gamow, President Cloyd Heck Marvin invited the Hungarian-born Teller to join the Physics Department in 1935. During the next six years, while enthusiastically teaching the new quantum theory and before taking a leave of absence for the war effort, Teller lent his wide knowledge and clear thinking to a series of pioneering works in physical chemistry, nuclear physics, and astrophysics. His subjects included absorption of molecules on surfaces, shapes of molecular bonds, radioactive decay by spin flip, structure of neutron stars, formation of nebulae, and energy production in red giants.
Teller received the Enrico Fermi Award from President John F. Kennedy and the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Reagan for his outstanding contribution to molecular physics, to the understanding of the origin of stellar energy, to the theory and application of fusion reactions, to the field of nuclear safety, and for his continued leadership in science and technology.
His colleagues remember the precise, profound, and prodigious character of Professor Tellerís mind.
Erected 2002 by The George Washington University.
Location. 38° 53.944′ N, 77° 2.791′ W. Marker is in Foggy Bottom, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on 21st Street, NW south of H Street, NW, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is on the GWU campus, on the wall at the north side of the main entrance to Corcoran Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 725 21st St., NW, Washington DC 20037, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Announcement of the Atomic Age (here, next to this marker); Professors Gate (a few steps from this marker); George Gamow (within shouting distance of this marker); A Bench By The Road (within shouting distance of this marker); GW's River Horse (within shouting distance of this marker); Ingrid Bergman (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Pembroke College, Oxford, Coat of Arms (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foggy Bottom.
Additional keywords. Hungarian-American; "Father of the Hydrogen Bomb"
Categories. • Education • Science & Medicine • War, Cold • War, World II •
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