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 Dexter Wright Masters

Dexter Wright Masters

Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Death 5 Jan 1989 (aged 80)
Springfield, Sangamon County, Illinois, USA
Burial Petersburg, Menard County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 21959 · View Source
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Author. He was the nephew of author Edgar Lee Masters and the son of Thomas Davis Masters. He studied at the University of Chicago and became a noted authority on atomic energy. He and Dr. Katherine May edited a book titled ''One World or None'' in 1946. In the book, many of the prominent scientists of the day, including Albert Einstein, Hans Bethe, Harold Urey and many members of the Manhattan Project, which was the effort to produce the first atomic bomb, discussed the implications of a weapon that could destroy the world. In 1955 he wrote a novel, ''The Accident,'' which detailed the last eight days in the life of an atomic scientist dying from radiation sickness; the book was published in thirteen languages. He also wrote a series of radio programs on the bomb, for which he received a Peabody Award. In 1958 he was named director of Consumers Union and served in that position until 1963; also he was in charge of the organization's magazine, "Consumer Reports". He headed a task force on the dangers of smoking cigarettes. During his life-time, he wrote for various magazines: Time", "Fortune", "New Yorker", "The Saturday Evening Post", "American Scholar" and other publications. Since he was editor of a magazine, "Tide" when he was only 22 years old, he might be the youngest American magazine editor.

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