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
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  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,
He is editor of The Reactor Shielding Design Manual (GPO,
McGraw-Hill, and VanNostrand), co-author of
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.