Memoirs of a Hayseed Physicist by Peter Martel

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Part 153:

One might ask: “What on earth was Jimmy Carter doing in Chalk River?” In actual fact he was working for an American Admiral by the name of Hyman Rickover, the “father” of the nuclear submarine. Many of the tests necessary to perfect the “nuclear engine” of the first nuclear submarine (the Nautilus) were carried out at Chalk River. Collaboration with the U.S. had been initiated during the Second World War, when the British and Americans found a common ground there to collaborate on the development of the atomic bomb. Research work initiated and paid for by the Americans persisted until the 1980’s and helped pay for the expenses involved in running our reactors.

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