Chevalier, Haakon

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(1901-1985) US author and translator from the French of many works; his career as a university professor was destroyed by the House Unamerican Affairs Committee after 1950. The Man Who Would be God (1959), meant as a self-defence against the 1953 accusation that he had committed treason with Robert Oppenheimer (1904-1967), the "father of the atomic bomb". Almost inadvertently, the tale creates a portrait of a nuclear physicist who wishes to save the world from itself, but whose idealism, has not untypically transmogrified him into a Mad Scientist. [JC]

Haakon Maurice Chevalier

born Lakewood, New York: 10 September 1901

died Paris: 4 July 1985

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