"Andrei Dmitrievich Sakharov" was a Russian Nuclear physics/nuclear physicist, Soviet Union/Soviet dissident and human rights activist.
He became renowned as the designer of the Soviet Union's Soviet atomic bomb project#RDS-37/Third Idea, a codename for Soviet development of Teller–Ulam design/thermonuclear weapons. Sakharov later became an advocate of civil liberties and civil reforms in the Soviet Union, for which he faced state persecution; these efforts earned him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1975. The Sakharov Prize, which is awarded annually by the European Parliament for people and organizations dedicated to human rights and freedoms, is named in his honour.If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous physicists! More Andrei Sakharov on Wikipedia.
I worked under conditions of the highest security and under great pressure, first in Moscow and subsequently in a special secret research centre. At the time we were all convinced that this work was of vital significance for the balance of power in the world and we were fascinated by the grandeur of the task.Andrei Sakharov