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Hahn was a German-Jewish chemist and Nobel laureate, a pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and… [More] radiochemistry. He is regarded as “the father of nuclear chemistry”. He was a courageous opposer of Jewish persecution by the Nazis and after World War II he became a passionate campaigner against the use of nuclear energy for a weapon. [Less]
1914: Yakov Borisovich Zel’dovich
Zel’dovich was a prolific Soviet physicist born in Belarus. He played an important role in the… [More] development of Soviet nuclear and thermonuclear weapons, and made important contributions to the fields of adsorption and catalysis, shock waves, nuclear physics, particle physics, astrophysics, physical cosmology, and general relativity. He spent a lot of time researching black holes. [Less]
1952: George Allen
Allen is a former Jewish US Senator from Virginia. He is also the son of former NFL head coach George Allen.… [More] He served Virginia in the state legislature, as the 67th Governor, and in both bodies of the U.S. Congress, winning election to the Senate in 2000. Allen’s re-election in the 2006 race seemed likely until he was accused of using a racist epithet when referring to a staffer of his opponent, Democrat Jim Webb. Allen lost the election to Webb by fewer than 10,000 votes. [Less]