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Nobel winner Bethe, 98, dies

Nobel winner Bethe, 98, dies

Physicist helped design atomic bomb

By Ben Dobbin , Associated Press

Hans Bethe, a giant of 20th-century physics who played a central role in the building of the atomic bomb and won a Nobel Prize for discovering the process that powers the sun and the stars, has died at 98.
Bethe, who died Sunday, stood alongside such figures as Enrico Fermi, Robert Oppenheimer, Leo Szilard and Edward Teller as a member of the corps of scientists who ushered in the atomic age.

During the World War II race to build the bomb, Bethe was head of the Manhattan Project's theoretical physics division at Los Alamos, N.M.

"Bethe was the last of the giants of Los Alamos,' said Gerald Brown, a physics professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

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