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Andrei Sakharov
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Scientist
    (May 21, 1921-December 14, 1989)
    Joined the Soviet atomic bomb project under Igor Kurchatov (1948)
    Main force behind the development of the Soviet hydrogen bomb
    Awarded the Stalin Prize
    Awarded the Order of Lenin
    Awarded three 'Hero of Socialist Labor' titles
    One of the three co-founders of the Committee for Human Rights
    Received the Nobel Peace Prize (1975)
    He developed the hydrogen bomb for the Soviet Union without thinking of its moral implications.
    He did not take an interest in politics until it was too late.
    He tried unsuccessfully to stop a nuclear test (1961).
    Like Gandhi, he staged several hunger strikes.
    He could not attend the Nobel ceremony when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
    He died before he could see the collapse of the Soviet Union.
    He proposed the tokamak, a controlled fusion reactor, that is still the basis of most of the work being done in developing fusion power.
    He was banned from all military-related research after he completed his essay 'Reflections on Progress, Peaceful Coexistence and Intellectual Freedom' and published it in the west (1968).
    He sacrificed his quality of life in order to take a stand against the Soviet system.
    He was kept under Soviet police surveillance (1980-1986).
    He was against nuclear proliferation.
    He played an important role in ending atmospheric nuclear tests.
    He protested the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan (1979).
    He advocated humanity in the sciences.
    One of the shuttlecraft in Star Trek: The Next Generation is named after him.
    He died of a heart attack and was given a state funeral (1989).

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