Edward Teller
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States (born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire)
Date of Birth: 1908
Date of Death: 2003
Cause of Death: Stroke
Religion: Judaism (agnostic)
Occupation: Physicist
Spouse: Augusta Harkanyi
Children: Two
Fictional Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Both
Type of Appearance: Direct (short story),
Contemporary reference (novel)

Edward Teller (born Teller Ede, January 15, 1908 - September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-born American nuclear physicist, and an early participant in the Manhattan Project. Of Jewish descent, Teller emigrated to the United States in the 1930s to escape the spread of Nazism in Europe. Unlike certain of his other colleagues, Teller remained strong advocate of the development of nuclear technology for military purposes for the remainder of his life. He is known as the "father of the hydrogen bomb".

Edward Teller in Joe Steele[]

In the late 1930s, Edward Teller (as defined by President Joe Steele) and was encamped as a wrecker by the GBI. When Steele assigned Captain Hyman Rickover to oversee the development of the atomic bomb, Rickover secured permission to use Teller and other encamped physicists within a special encampment to work on the bomb.[1] The project proved successful, so Teller and the others earned their freedom.[2]

Literary Comment[]

In the short story Edward Teller is arrested as part of the "Professors' Plot", but manages to convince Steele to spare him by promising an atomic bomb in three years. Steele agrees. While Teller is mentioned in the novel, Hyman Rickover is in charge of the atomic bomb project.


  1. Joe Steele, pgs. 319-320, HC.
  2. Ibid, pg. 393.