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A Prophet in Two Countries - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780080115627, 9781483139159

A Prophet in Two Countries

1st Edition

The Life of F.E. Simon

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Author: Nancy Arms
Editor: G. M. D. Howat
eBook ISBN: 9781483139159
Imprint: Pergamon
Published Date: 1st January 1966
Page Count: 182
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A Prophet in Two Countries: The Life of F.E. Simon is a biography of Franz Simon and his work in physical chemistry toward the development of nuclear energy. Born in a Jewish family in Berlin at the turn of the 20th century, at a time when Germany started repressing the Jews, Franz Simon becomes a doctor in physical chemistry and successfully conducts many scientific experiments. Germany restricts the Jews from obtaining some professions such as university professors, and though Simon successfully passes his “Habilitation” and is allowed to give lectures and collect fees, he is not given an established university appointment. He gets a professorship at the Technische Hochschule in Breslau, but does not stay there for long.

Before the Nazis stepped-up their drive against Jewish emigration, Simon and his family leave for Oxford. In 1938, he becomes a British citizen. When World War II breaks, rumors spread that German refugees like Simon will face terrible punishment if Germany wins the war. This rumor only makes the German refugee-scientists more resolved in helping Britain produce the atomic bomb before Germany does. In 1940, he submits a report on Britain’s progress on nuclear energy. His method of gaseous diffusion is the most practicable and becomes the basis for many factories later on. His work on the diffusion project earns him the British C.B.E. award, which, for Simon, makes him a man, no longer without a nationality, but a proven British citizen. This biography will delight historians particularly those interested in the history of Jews in Germany and Britain.

This book will also attract general readers who are interested in the lives of great scientists

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. A Jewish Home in Berlin

Chapter 2. University Life and War

Chapter 3. A Doctor's Degree

Chapter 4. Low Temperature Research

Chapter 5. The Twenties in Berlin

Chapter 6. Breslau and the Nazis

Chapter 7. Oxford and The Clarendon

Chapter 8. Prelude to War

Chapter 9. Enemy Aliens

Chapter 10. The Diffusion Project

Chapter 11. Tube Alloys

Chapter 12. After Six Years of War

Chapter 13. Post-War Activities

Chapter 14. Waste

Chapter 15. Man and Scientist

Complete List of F. E. Simon's Scientific Publications



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About the Author

Nancy Arms

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G. M. D. Howat

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