Tuesday, October 09, 2007


This Day in the History of Difficult to Follow Noble Peace Prize Choices

On this day in 1975, the Nobel Peace prize was awarded to Soviet scientist Andrei Sakharov, called the father of the Soviet hydrogen bomb (for convenience, just as we do the same for Edward Teller). Of course, the Prize was not awarded for his developing weapons; but it was Sakharov's somewhat mild criticism of the USSR (and the Western nuclear nations) for the building of thousand of bombs and support for human rights which netted him the prize (which he was unable to pick up because his government rightly feared his defection). It makes sense if you think about it long enough.


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