Bancroft, Edward (09 January 1744–08 September 1821), physician, scientist, and spy, was born in Westfield, Massachusetts, the son of Edward Bancroft and Mary Ely, farmers. The elder Bancroft died in 1746 of an epileptic attack suffered in a pigpen, two months before the birth of his younger son, Daniel. His widow married David Bull of Westfield in 1751, and the family moved to Hartford, Connecticut, where Bull operated the Bunch of Grapes tavern. Edward Bancroft was taught for a time by the recent Yale graduate ...
Gordon E. Kershaw
Rodney P. Carlisle
Fuchs, Klaus Emil Julius (29 December 1911–28 January 1988), physicist and spy, was born in Russelheim, near Frankfurt, Germany, the son of Emil Fuchs, a Lutheran minister, and Else Wagner. Klaus Fuchs studied mathematics and physics at Leipzig University (1928–1931) and continued his undergraduate studies in physics at Kiel University (1931–1933). As a student at Kiel University, he joined, first, the Social Democratic party and, in 1932, the German Communist party. After the Reichstag fire in February 1933, and the attendant Nazi reprisals against the political Left, Fuchs went into hiding in Berlin for a few months, then migrated to Britain in September 1933. He continued his studies in physics at Bristol University, where he secured a position as a research assistant to Neville Mott. In his research Fuchs applied quantum physics to questions of the electrical resistance of metallic films, working with Bernard Lovell, who was later knighted for his achievements in physics. In 1937 Fuchs was granted a Ph.D. in physics at Bristol. A paper that resulted from his doctoral research, “A Quantum Mechanical Calculation of the Elastic Constants of Monovalent Metals,” appeared in the ...
Edward L. Lach, Jr.
Gottlieb, Sidney (03 August 1918–06 March 1999), biochemist and government official, was born in the Bronx, New York, the son of Louis Gottlieb, occupation unknown, and Fanny Beusler Gottlieb. The son of Orthodox Jewish immigrants from Hungary, he grew up without embracing Judaism but briefly dabbled in socialism. After beginning his college education at City College of New York, he attended Arkansas Polytechnic Institute (later Arkansas Tech University) in 1937–1938 before finally graduating magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in chemistry in 1940. Gottlieb struggled with a stuttering habit throughout his life and also had to overcome a clubfoot, which kept him out of military service during World War II. He began graduate study in biology at California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where in 1942 he met and married Margaret Moore, the daughter of Presbyterian missionaries; the couple would have four children....