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Klaus Fuchs

Klaus FuchsAKA Emil Julius Klaus Fuchs

Born: 29-Dec-1911
Birthplace: Rüsselsheim, Germany
Died: 28-Jan-1988
Location of death: Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Berlin Friedrichsfelde Cemetery

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Spy, Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Manhattan Project scientist, spy for USSR

A diehard Communist who fled Nazi Germany for England, physicist Klaus Fuchs was eventually recruited for the British atomic bomb program in 1942. Which is when he began spying for the Soviet Union. A short time later, he was sent to the United States to work on the Manhattan Project. His espionage was finally uncovered in 1950 after American codebreakers unraveled the VENONA cables, and he was imprisoned in England for nine years.

Later it turned out that Fuchs's information was probably of little value to the Soviet atom bomb project, but this was certainly not for a lack of trying. Fuchs had handed over the most valuable data he could obtain. Upon release, Fuchs relocated to East Germany.

Father: Emil Fuchs (Lutheran minister)
Mother: Else Fuchs (d., suicide)
Sister: Elisabeth
Brother: Gerhard
Sister: Kristel
Wife: Margarete Keilson (m. 1959)

    University: University of Leipzig
    University: Keil University
    University: PhD Physics, University of Bristol (1937)
    University: Edinburgh University
    University: Columbia University

    Los Alamos National Laboratory
    Allied Internment Camp Inmate Quebec, Canada
    Naturalized UK Citizen 1942
    Manhattan Project 1944-45
    Espionage (Official Secrets Act) convicted 1-Mar-1950

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