Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy

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Half-Life: The Divided Life of Bruno Pontecorvo, Physicist or Spy by Frank Close

Synopsis: The memo landed on Kim Philby’s desk in Washington, DC, in July 1950. Three months later, Bruno Pontecorvo, a physicist at Harwell, Britain’s atomic energy lab, disappeared without a trace. When he re-surfaced six years later, he was on the other side of the Iron Curtain.

One of the most brilliant scientists of his generation, Pontecorvo was privy to many secrets: he had worked on the Anglo-Canadian arm of the Manhattan Project, and quietly discovered a way to find the uranium coveted by nuclear powers. Yet when he disappeared MI5 insisted he was not a threat. Now, based on unprecedented access to archives, letters, surviving family members and scientists, award-winning writer and physics professor Frank Close exposes the truth about a man irrevocably marked by the advent of the atomic age and the Cold War.

Published: March 2015 | ISBN-13: 978-1780747460

Author’s Homepage: http://frankclose.net
Author’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/closefrank

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