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The Pontecorvo AffairA Cold War Defection and Nuclear Physics$
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Simone Turchetti

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226816647

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226816661.001.0001

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Bruno Maximovich and Professor Pontecorvo

Bruno Maximovich and Professor Pontecorvo

(p.179) 7 Bruno Maximovich and Professor Pontecorvo
The Pontecorvo Affair
University of Chicago Press

This chapter emphasizes Bruno Pontecorvo's career after his flight, and also reviews the proliferation of accounts of his antics in espionage literature. The new accounts of the atom spy Pontecorvo helped to alert public opinion about the paucity of security regulations and the need to tighten them. His presence in Moscow made atomic scientists eager to get restricted information on anything he knew about atomic energy. There was a connection between Pontecorvo's presence in Russia and with the Soviets' attempts to learn more about how to find uranium. The analysis of developments in neutron well logging verified the importance of his research on prospecting problems. Ronald Reed concluded that the hypothesis that Pontecorvo was a spy could be made, but that there was not sufficient evidence to support it.

Keywords:   atom spy, Bruno Pontecorvo, espionage literature, atomic energy, Moscow, uranium, neutron well logging, Ronald Reed

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