Building the Fields of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Waste Management, 1950-1999

Building the Fields of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Waste Management, 1950-1999

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Family and youth in Mississippi; background in chemical . Many Different Nuclear Reactor Designs Developed in the 1950s..52. Industry .. by E. O. Lawrence's electromagnetic process at Oak Ridge's Y-12 plant, was for Thistle have won numerous sailing championships in San Francisco Bay.

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Regional Oral History Office University of California The Bancroft Library Berkeley, California University History Series Thomas H Pigford BUILDING THE FIELDS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY AND NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT, 19501999 With Introductions by Richard D Smyser and Elizabeth Pigford Interviews Conducted by Carl Wilmsen in 1999 Copyright © 2001 by The Regents of the University of California Since 1954 the Regional Oral History Office has been interviewing leading participants in or wellplaced witnesses to major events in the development of northern California, the West, and the nation Oral history is a method of collecting historical information through taperecorded interviews between a narrator with firsthand knowledge of historically significant events and a wellinformed interviewer, with the goal of preserving substantive additions to the historical record The tape recording is transcribed, lightly edited for continuity and clarity, and reviewed by the interviewee The corrected manuscript is indexed, bound with photographs and illustrative materials, and placed in The Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley, and in other research collections for scholarly use Because it is primary material, oral history is not intended to present the final, verified, or complete narrative of events It is a spoken account, offered by the interviewee in response to questioning, and as such it is reflective, partisan, deeply involved, and irreplaceable ************************************ All uses of this manuscript are covered by a legal agreement between The Regents of the University of California and Thomas H Pigford dated September 21, 1999 The manuscript is thereby made available for research purposes All literary rights in the manuscript, including the right to publish, are reserved to The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley No part of the manuscript may be quoted for publication without the written permission of the Director of The Bancroft Library of the University of California, Berkeley Requests for permission to quote for publication should be addressed to the Regional Oral History Office, 486 Bancroft Library, Mail Code 6000, University of California, Berkeley 947206000, and should include identification of the specific passages to be quoted, anticipated use of the passages, and identification of the user The legal agreement with Thomas H Pigford requires that he be notified of the request and allowed thirty days in which to respond It is recommended that this oral history be cited as follows: Thomas H Pigford, "Building the Fields of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Waste Management, 19501999," an oral history conducted in 1999 by Carl Wilmsen, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2001 Copy no ______ Cataloguing information Thomas H Pigford Professor of Nuclear Engineering BUILDING THE FIELDS OF NUCLEAR ENERGY AND NUCLEAR WASTE MANAGEMENT, 1950 1999, 2001, xviii, 340 pp Family and youth in Mississippi; background in chemical engineering, graduate student at MIT, wartime service at Oak Ridge National Laboratory; cofounding the Department of Nuclear Engineering Education at MIT with Manson Benedict in 1952, developing the first nuclear engineering textbook, nuclear reactor designs and government policy in the 1950s; starting the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1959, reflections on citizen and student activism in the 1960s, environmental concerns of the 1960s and 1970s; service on the National Atomic Energy Safety Licensing Boards, 19631974, reviewing the Diablo Canyon, Fermi1, and General Electric reactors; investigating the accidents at Three Mile Island and Chernobyl, member of delegations to the Soviet Union, 1988, and the Ukraine, 1994; changing research focus to nuclear waste management in the 1970s, theoretical breakthroughs in the transport of radioactive materials through geologic media, consultant to the WIPP and Yucca Mountain projects, reviewing the Swedish program, 19861991, site characteristics of Yucca Mountain, dissenting opinion on Yucca Mountain

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