Hyman George Rickover

(1900–1986) Former U.S. Navy


Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, known as the father of the nuclear Navy, served for 63 years before retiring in January 1982. As director of the Naval Reactors Branch, he developed the world's first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN 571), which went to sea in 1955. In the years that followed, he directed all aspects of building and operating the nuclear fleet.

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Admiral Rickover descends into the circular nuclear reactor shell at the Shippingport Power Facility. Courtesy of LIFE magazine, via <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Admiral_Rickover_descends_into_the_nuclear_reactor_shell_at_the_Shippingport_Power_Facility_(14492227730).jpg">Wikipedia</a>..

MAY 12, 1982 Article

Morgenthau Lectures (1981–2006): Thoughts on Man's Purpose in Life

"I do not claim to have a magic answer, but I believe there are some basic principles of existence, propounded by thinkers through the ages, ...