Physicist Edward Teller, known as the father of the American H-bomb, became the first person to receive Hungary's newly revived Corvin Chain award for merit Tuesday.

"What I had done was not always easy to do, but I always did what I wanted," the Hungarian-born Teller, 93, told the delegation from Budapest who presented him with the award at his Stanford, Calif., home.

"Thank you for this honor. I may not have deserved it, but I have certainly enjoyed it."

Teller, who is Jewish, left Hungary before the World War II and became a key member of the U.S. team which designed the first atomic bomb.