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Leo Szilard, near Oxford, spring 1936.
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Contact Mandeville Special Collections Library, U.C. San Diego, for information on obtaining Szilard images.
Welcome to the world of physicist, biophysicist, and "scientist of conscience" Leo Szilard (1898-1964). How do you say it? Say SIL-ahrd.
Szilard's ideas included the linear accelerator, cyclotron, electron microscope, and nuclear chain reaction. Equally important was his insistence that scientists accept moral responsibility for the consequences of their work.
In his classic 1929 paper on Maxwell's Demon, Szilard identified the unit or "bit" of information. The World Wide Web that you now travel, and the computers that make it possible, show the importance of his long-unappreciated idea.
This is an Internet Historic Site. On 30 March 2000, this page celebrated its 5-year anniversary on the Internet.
NEW! The voice of
"Are We On The Road To War?" Leo Szilard and the speech that launched the Council
for a Livable World. Learn the story, read the speech, and hear Szilard
answer questions in RealAudio.
LEO SZILARD CENTENNIAL 1998:
The 100th anniversary of Szilard's birth was celebrated in 1998 in both Hungary and the U.S.A.. On 9-11 February, a Centenary Conference was held in Budapest. One of the sessions convened in the Hungarian Parliament. This page of photographs of the Budapest events by Gene Dannen and William Lanouette includes information about the published conference volume. In addition, Hungary issued a Szilard postage stamp and telephone card. On 18 April, a Szilard centennial session was held at the April Meeting of the American Physical Society. An APS news story about the session is online, plus abstracts of the talks and the full text of the talks by Edward Gerjuoy, William Lanouette, and George Marx.
ALSO STILL COOL:
"The Einstein-Szilard Refrigerators" by Gene Dannen in the January 1997 issue of Scientific American. Translations have been published in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Polish, Spanish, and perhaps other languages. For more information, see this page of further references and notes to the article. The full article is not available on the Web -- please visit your library.
The Leo Szilard Lectureship Award, given yearly by the American Physical Society, honors "outstanding accomplishments by physicists in promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society." Formerly the Leo Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest, it was endowed as a Lectureship in 1998 after a successful fundraising campaign by the A.P.S. Forum on Physics and Society. The Award's dolphin statue is shown in this APS new story.
Photos of Szilard also may be found on these pages:
The Conception of a European Laboratory for Molecular Biology
Pictures of Famous Physicists (Szilard with Einstein)
Images Of Physicists (Fermi, Szilard and Met Lab scientists)
This page of Einstein: Image and Impact (Szilard with Einstein)
The Emilio Segre Visual Archives at the AIP Center for History of Physics has 11 pictures online.
|Leo Szilard Online has received visitors from more than 100 countries and every continent, including Antarctica. It is listed in Yahoo and all other major Web directories. Other sites with links to this page, or its subpages, include:|
WWW Virtual Library - History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists
American Institute of Physics, Center for History of Physics
Philip and Alex's Guide to Web Publishing, Chapter 1
TIME.com Person of the Century (Albert Einstein)
and many of the sites on this page...