Klaus Fuchs, once described as the most dangerous spy ‘in the history of nations’, lived in Abingdon whilst passing top secret information about Britain’s atomic and nuclear research to his Soviet Russian contacts. A refugee from Hitler’s Germany, Fuchs was a theoretical physicist who played a significant role in the development of the atomic bomb. After the war, as Head of the Theoretical Physics Division at Harwell, Fuchs worked on Britain’s nuclear programme. It was later discovered that both during and after the war he was keeping the Soviets abreast of every development.
Frank Close, Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford, who was himself once Head of Theoretical Physics at Harwell's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, will be talking about his biography of Fuchs, 'Trinity – The Treachery and Pursuit of the Most Dangerous Spy in History', which was published by Allan Lane on 1 August this year. Professor Close is an excellent communicator who will not only tell a good story but can make the science comprehensible. This biography of Fuchs is likely to be the most detailed biography of the spy for years to come. Since Professor Close consulted the Fuchs' files in the National Archives a number of them have been withdrawn.
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