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What would Leo Szilard make of reluctance over anti-nuke treaty?

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There once was a Hungarian-born scientist who succeeded in persuading the United States to develop atomic bombs, but failed to stop the bombs from being dropped.

Physicist Leo Szilard (1898-1964) was a Hungarian Jew who fled Nazi persecution and emigrated to the United States, where he became close friends with Albert Einstein (1879-1955).

In 1939, he wrote a letter for Einstein to sign. Addressed to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the letter urged him to embark on what would become the Manhattan Project to counter the German nuclear development program.

While working at the University of Chicago, Szilard became one of the physicists who successfully conducted a criticality experiment on a........

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