Monday, November 30 — 12:00 noon — WAG 316

Michael S. Goodman, King’s College London

“Santa Klaus? Klaus Fuchs, Nuclear Weapons, and Atomic Espionage”

This talk will focus on the role played by Klaus Fuchs in assisting the nuclear weapons programs of three countries in identical ways: as an allied scientist in the Manhattan Project, a British national in the post-war Tube Alloys program, and as a Soviet spy. It will consider what information he passed across and how he was eventually caught. The talk will also consider the intelligence estimates produced following his identification and conviction as a spy.


Professor Michael S. Goodman is Professor of Intelligence and International Affairs in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. He has written extensively on the history of intelligence, including scientific intelligence. For the last few years he has been on secondment to the British Cabinet Office, where is the Official Historian of the Joint Intelligence Committee. His most recent book is The Official History of the Joint Intelligence Committee, Volume I: From the Approach of the Second World War to the Suez Crisis (Routledge, 2014).