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

Throwback Thursday – RTR Gets a Presidential Viewing

RTR1020bPresident Dwight Eisenhower tours the Oak Ridge National Lab’s “swimming pool” research reactor, flown from the U.S. to Geneva for the United Nations International Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. This concept soon became a model for numerous research reactors around the world. Now check your history books. What year was this?