Nuclear History: A Dramatic Address and a Long Ovation

tbteisenhowerThen President Dwight D. Eisenhower can be seen here just after delivering a dramatic address to the United Nations General Assembly, in New York City. The address was given on Dec. 8, 1953 and ended this way: “The United States pledges before you – and therefore before the world – its determination to help solve the fearful atomic dilemma – to devote its entire heart and mind to find the way by which the miraculous inventiveness of man shall not be dedicated to his death, but consecrated to this life.”

The ovation that followed lasted a full 10 minutes. The full text of the speech can be found here.

Photo Credit: United Nations / New York; IAEA Imagebank

Author: Moderator

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

6 thoughts on “Nuclear History: A Dramatic Address and a Long Ovation”

  1. This president (A war general) truly deserves to be rcocognized as a great one – defended a great nation during testing times (Cold War) and brokered for ‘Atoms For Peace.’ Truly paved for Nuclear Energy, My heart goes out for this War Hero.

  2. You are correct. He was president at the time he gave the address. He is former for the purposes of a caption posted in current day. We’ve adjusted the verbiage to be more clear.


  3. Ike was not a former President in Dec. 1953; he was in his first year as president and thus spoke as such.

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