History of the Teller Lecture and Banquet

Dr. Edward Teller was a native of Hungary and came to the United States, as did many other Jewish scientists, escaping the advancing armies of Nazi Germany. From the earliest days of the Manhattan Project, Dr. Teller was a central figure in the design and production of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons materials. He considered the teaching of theoretical physics at several universities his primary occupation. Dr. Teller was the “father of the hydrogen bomb” and convinced President Truman of the need for that weapon given Soviet advances in that direction. President George W. Bush presented him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in July 2003. Dr. Edward Teller died at his California home in September 2003 at age 95.

Dr. Teller presented a public lecture in Augusta, GA in 1992 and allowed CNTA to name its annual lecture and banquet in his honor.

For a list of previous speakers, check out this archive.

Fred C. Davison Distinguished Scientist Award

At each Teller Lecture, the Distinguished Scientist Award has been presented to a upstanding and innovative scientist chosen by a selection committee. For more information about this award, click the button below:

Nuclear Service Award

The inaugural Nuclear Service Award was presented in 2019 at the 28th Annual Teller Lecture & Banquet. This award recognizes accomplishments in applying nuclear technology, advancing education in nuclear, increasing public awareness of the benefits of nuclear technology, and promoting and defending the safe and effective use of nuclear technology. 

Photos from the 2021 Teller Lecture