IAEA 20th anniversary
the 20th anniversary of the IAEA was commemorated.
During the commemoration of the 20th anniversary in Vienna, IAEA
awarded distinguished scientists with a special honour. German born Bernard
Gross was very important for nuclear research in Brazil. In the
1960s he was Director of the Division of Scientific and
Technological Information of the IAEA in Vienna. Gross was one of the first to apply modern
information technology to science, creating the International Nuclear
Information Service (INIS) with the participation of more than one hundred
member states of the international agency. He was the Director of the
Organizing Secretariat for the Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic
Henry DeWolf Smyth (1898-1986) was a physicist and
diplomat who figured prominently in the development of atomic energy in the United
States through his
contributions as scientist, instructor, policy maker, administrator, and
author. He is perhaps best known for writing the official government report on
the development of the atomic bomb in the U.S., Atomic Energy for Military Purposes (1945).
In 1961 President Kennedy appointed Smyth the US
Representative to the IAEA, a position which had ambassadorial rank. His
efforts in the IAEA contributed to the development of nuclear safeguards and,
in 1970, to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Austria 2 May 1977
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