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Apr 20

Tribute to Alvin Weinberg

April 20, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Alvin Weinberg was the Director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory from 1955 to 1973. He was with Enrico Fermi when the first controlled nuclear reaction was created in Chicago and subsequently designed the Graphite Reactor which proved plutonium could be produced in a uranium reactor. This was the first industrial size continuously operating nuclear reactor which operated for 20 years from 1943 to 1963 and is now a National Historic Landmark. It also was the first Nuclear Reactor to produce radioisotopes for nuclear medicine.

A quote from Alvin: “If at some time a heavenly angel should ask what the Laboratory in the hills of East Tennessee did to enlarge man’s life and make it better, I daresay the production of radioisotopes for scientific research and medical treatment will surely rate as a candidate for first place.” —Alvin Weinberg, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, 1955-1973.

Alvin is one of Oak Ridge’s premier scientists who published eight books and over 500 technical papers. The Tribute to Alvin Weinberg will also introduce the online access to a collection of Alvin’s papers he left to the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge.  The link to the online database is:

This introduction only slightly touches on Alvin’s legacy and does not mention his impact on other things such as the information age through his chairmanship of President Kennedy’s

Panel of Science Information in 1961. Alvin started the Oak Ridge Associated universities Institute for Energy Analysis as served as director from 1974 to 1985. In 1974 he was called to Washington, D.C., to direct the U.S. Office of Energy Research and Development to help address our nation’s energy crisis.

Alvin Weinberg, one of our nation’s greatest scientists, is worthy of our tribute. Please join us on Tuesday, April 20, at 7pm on Zoom:


April 20, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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