Throwback Thursday – A Mid-60s Model

tbtdonatedmodelA Commissioner from the Atomic Energy Commission (NRC’s predecessor agency) is seen here standing with a model of an inexpensive sub-critical assembly unit showing detailed technical information on its design, fabrication and operating characteristics. The presentation ceremony of the model took place in 1964 at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria.

Can anyone name the AEC Commissioner? Hint: he is on the far left. Bonus points if you can name the IAEA Director General next to him.

Photo credit: IAEA

Author: Moderator

Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

8 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday – A Mid-60s Model”

  1. So you don’t know anything about this subject or the work these men did, BUT you’re certain that women would have improved it.

    Hint:  if it is sexist if you reverse the genders, it was sexist to begin with.

  2. A little bit of history for your historian not directly associated with the picture but associated with Dr. Eklund. In 1965, I was nominated by the Operator Licensing Branch of the AEC for the position of Director of the Training Branch of the Department of Technical Assistance of the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. The position is at an international diplomatic level. The Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Upenda Goswami, was opposed to my appointment because at age 34, I would have been the youngest individual ever appointed to that level in the IAEA. To resolve the issue, I was asked to meet with the IAEA Director General, Sigvard Eklund, at the UN in New York City. Eklund approve my appointment and to Goswami’s credit at my retirement party in 1967 he admitted that he had been mistaken, something politicians have great difficulty doing.

  3. Lol, I love throwback Thursday! I’m clueless newbie, yet there’s no women there which is why this industry is likely so lost in so many ways. Thanks for bringing fun and safety sanity back for us. These dudes needed help they didn’t listen to very well.

  4. Yes, that’s Dr. Eklund, but the AEC Commissioner is not Seaborg.


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