Theodore (Ted) Rockwell, Member, National Academy of Engineering: We have the ability to measure very small amounts of radiation - we can actually detect single atoms as they disintegrate. So when we hear the clatter of a radiation detector, we feel that we are in danger. But the numbers we encounter from various human-made sources are quite trivial compared with the natural bath of radiation that the galaxies pour down on us as cosmic rays, and the earth and all its lovely vegetation produce, and even our water, food, and our bodies themselves are naturally radioactive.
Theodore (Ted) Rockwell retired founding partner and board member, MPR Associates, died on March 31, 2013. He was born on June 26, 1922, in Chicago and earned MS and BS degrees in chemical engineering at Princeton University. In 1960 he was awarded an honorary Sc.D. degree for contributions to the development of nuclear power. Ted was a prolific writer and speaker on technical topics, wrote popular interest articles, and established a blog, “Learning about Energy.” He edited the Reactor Shielding Manual, the fundamental reference used worldwide since its initial publication in 1956. The closing words on Ted’s life are also his own: “I like to stir up spirited discussions on important issues. Socially, I like to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
(ANS, William Happer, Howard Cork Hayden, Patrick Moore, Theodore Rockwell) Canada USofA - Petition to the White House22.Jun.2016
America’s nuclear energy plants are a vital asset providing reliable, carbon-free electricity to tens of millions of households and businesses around the country. The ANS circulated a petition authored by a 3rd party. It is to be sent to the White House to support existing nuclear power plants. Physics Professor Emeritus, William Happer, Princeton University and Physics Professor Emeritus Howard Hayden, University of Connecticut support nuclear power but refuse to sign the petition because it improperly demonizes carbon dioxide from fossil fuels. Dr. Theodore Rockwell, in 2010, explains that the issue of CO2 from fossil fuels ranks 9th among priorities for the American public with regard to benefits of nuclear power.
John Shanahan, Civil Engineer, initiated a letter to John Holdren, Director of Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House, dated Feb. 1, 2010. The letter made three recommendations. See his reply. Search keywords "Holdren reply".
1) We believe it’s imperative to accelerate the licensing and building of the kind of reactors now in use, commonly called thermal reactors.
2) Along with the critical need for nuclear energy is the urgent call for the isotopes of nuclear medicine.
3) Development of fourth-generation nuclear reactors will be needed if nuclear power is to expand significantly beyond its present market penetration