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Born in Mexico, Theodore Brewster Taylor (July 11, 1925 to October 28, 2004), usually known as "Ted Taylor", was an American physicist and nuclear weapons designer.
From 1948 to 1956, Ted Taylor worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory. He was known for designing small and efficient nuclear weapons, and led the team that designed the largest pure fission bomb ever detonated, the 500 kiloton Super Oralloy Bomb ("SOB"), which was detonated in the Ivy King test on November 16, 1952.
In 1956, Ted Taylor moved to General Atomics where he directed Project Orion. He also was involved in the development of small nuclear reactors producing radioactive isotopes for medical uses, Training, Research, Isotopes, General Atomics ("TRIGA").
After Project Orion ended in 1965, Taylor worked for the Defense Atomic Support Agency, and later as a consultant to the United States Atomic Energy Commission, as well as a visiting professor at Princeton University and the University of California, Santa Cruz. He also became interested in issues such as nuclear disarment, nuclear proliferation, nuclear terrorism, energy conservation and renewable energy, and advocated nuclear disarmament from 1966 until his death in 2004.
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