Klaus Fuchs, a brilliant German nuclear physicist, was sentenced to 14 years in prison by a British court on March 1, 1950. He had confessed to British security service MI5 that he had given the Soviets everything he knew about British and American nuclear weapons projects for seven years. Frank Close, emeritus professor of physics in Oxford, tells the story in his latest book. It has been previously reported, but Close adds previously unavailable details from British, American, and Russian intelligence archives.
As a young man in Germany, Fuchs had fought with the Communists against the National Socialist threat. He fled to Great Britain in 1933, where he continued his studies. When the war broke out, he was interned as an enemy alien and shipped to Canada.
By 1939, the world's ph...
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