from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Hess, (Walter Richard) Rudolf 1894-1987. German Nazi leader. When Hitler became chancellor (1933), he named Hess as deputy führer and later (1939) as second in succession to the Nazi leadership. In May 1941 Hess was captured in Scotland, where he had flown apparently in a bid to start peace talks with Britain. At the Nuremburg trials (1946) he was sentenced to life imprisonment in Spandau Prison, Berlin, for war crimes.
  • Hess, Walter Rudolf 1881-1973. Swiss physiologist. He shared a 1949 Nobel Prize for his research on the brain's control of the body.

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  • n. English pianist (1890-1965)
  • n. Swiss physiologist noted for studies of the brain (1881-1973)
  • n. Nazi leader who in 1941 flew a solo flight to Scotland in an apparent attempt to negotiate a peace treaty with Great Britain but was imprisoned for life (1894-1987)
  • n. United States physicist (born in Austria) who was a discoverer of cosmic radiation (1883-1964)


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