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Throwback Thursday — Kennedy’s Nuclear Visit

hpDr_Alvin_Sen_KennedyBefore John F. Kennedy became president, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. During his time on Capitol Hill, he visited the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. Here, he’s photographed with ORNL Director Alvin Weinberg. Can you guess the year this photo was taken and who accompanied the then-Senator Kennedy? Extra points if you know what nuclear technology Weinberg is credited with spearheading. (Photo taken by Ed Westcott/DOE)


7 responses to “Throwback Thursday — Kennedy’s Nuclear Visit

  1. Michelle July 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

    He looks so handsome in that picture! Thanks for sharing!

    I remember seeing another picture of JFK, Jacqueline, and Al Gore with Weinberg also in 1959. Was this picture from the same visit?

  2. stzzl July 7, 2014 at 7:16 am

    You said the right,I agree with you.Your information about John F. Kennedy is too good.Its an very informative post.
    Thanks for it.
    Best wishes for you.

  3. Steven Hutchins July 3, 2014 at 9:39 am

    1) February of 1959 with his wife, Jackie Kennedy.
    2) Alvin Weinberg was known for his Molten Salt Reactor Experiments at Oak Ridge. The MSRE proved that a fission reaction in molten fluoride salts could be contained in Hastelloy-N, and that a molten salt fueled reactor concept was viable.

    • Moderator July 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

      Your answers are correct. The photo was taken in 1959, and he was accompanied by Jackie Kennedy. You are quite right on your second response as well, Oak Ridge, under Weinberg’s leadership, spearheaded the development of the MSRE, which went critical in 1965.

      However, we were thinking of another innovation championed by Weinberg that predates this photograph and was widely used in the nuclear industry.

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