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Who is Theodore Rockwell?
THEODORE (TED) ROCKWELL has been directly involved in nuclear power for nearly 60 years, starting in an elite Process Improvement Task Force at the war-time atomic bomb project at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. After the war he transferred to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and became Head of the Radiation Shield Engineering Group. In 1949 then-Captain H.G. Rickover hired him to work in the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

In 1954, he became Technical Director, responsible to Admiral Rickover for helping to develop criteria, procedures and facilities for safe operation of nuclear-powered naval vessels and the world’s first commercial central station nuclear power plant. In 1960 he was awarded an honorary ScD degree for his contributions toward the development of atomic power. In 1964 he left with two colleagues to set up the respected engineering firm MPR Associates, Inc.

He was given Distinguished Service Medals by both the Navy and the US Atomic Energy Commission, an “Award for Exemplary Achievement in Public Administration,” by the William A. Jump Foundation, and the first “Lifetime Contribution Award, henceforth known as the Rockwell Award,” by the American Nuclear Society. One of his patents is listed in “a selection of [27] landmark US atomic energy patents from all the patents issued to date.”

He was the only non-medical member of the Advisory Group on the National Artificial Heart Program (1966) and a member of the Advisory Council, Princeton University Department of Chemical Engineering (1966-72). From 1965 to 1968, he was a Research Associate with the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (in connection with nuclear proliferation research). He was Chairman of the Atomic Industrial Forum's Reactor Safety Task Force (1966-72) and Consultant to the Joint Congressional Committee on Atomic Energy (1967).

He was co-founder of the Princeton Engineer in 1941 and is listed in: Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, World Who’s Who in Science from Antiquity to Present, International Who’s Who in Engineering, American Men and Women of Science, Dictionary of International Biography, The Blue Book, World Who’s Who of Authors, Who’s Who in Theology and Science, Contemporary Authors, etc.

He is editor of The Reactor Shielding Design Manual (GPO, McGraw-Hill, and VanNostrand), co-author of (Johns Hopkins Press), used in US-USSR talks at the White House. He co-authored The Shippingport Pressurized Water Reactor (Addison-Wesley), cited by the American Library Association as “one of the best technical books of 1958,” and selected as one of the 13 official U.S. presentation volumes at the 1958 Atoms for Peace Conference at Geneva.

He is a member of the Health Physics Society, a Fellow of the American Nuclear Society and a vice president and a founding director of Radiation, Science & Health, Inc., an international non-profit organization of independent radiation experts committed to bringing radiation policy into line with the best scientific data and theory.

He has written numerous technical papers and several popular articles, including “Frontier Life Among the Atom Splitters” (SatEvePost, Dec 1, 1945), “Bred for Fury,” (first color stroboflash pictures of fighting cocks in action; True, July 1946), and “Heresy, Excommunication and Other Weeds in the Garden of Science” (New Realities, Dec 1981).

His latest book is The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Naval Institute Press, 1992; John Wiley, ppbk, 1995), excerpted by the Reader’s Digest in both U.S. and foreign editions. He is currently working on Creating the New World: Stories & Images from the Dawn of the Atomic Age, with a foreword by the late Glenn Seaborg. His works have been published in German, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, which selected him to be its first Sigma Xi Distinguished Lecturer.

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