Talk by Mark Dunton: On the trail of Klaus Fuchs, atomic spy

Mon 12 October 2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Duke Street Church

Klaus Fuchs

Arguably the most important “atomic” spy of the 20th century, Klaus Fuchs (1911–1988) was a German physicist who worked on the British and US-led atomic projects of the Cold War era. In 1950, Fuchs was caught passing vital secrets to the Soviet Union and sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment.

Mark Dunton delves into Security Service files held at the National Archives to uncover how the authorities managed to unmask Fuchs and secure his confession, and reveals a fascinating local connection with Kew.

Mark has a BA in History from Exeter University, an MA in Archives and Records Management from University College London and an MA in War Studies from King’s College London. He joined The National Archives in 1983 where he is now a Principal Records Specialist and a key media spokesperson on the annual release of government files. He curated The National Archives’ Cold War exhibition in 2019.


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