GEORGE B. KISTIAKOWSKY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 04/12/1979 - HFSID 155067
Sale Price $216.00
GEORGE B. KISTIAKOWSKY
The former Eisenhower science advisor writes to a dentist in Palm Springs, "I am not enthusiastic about nuclear power, but consider the alternatives!!!"
Typed Letter signed: "G. B. Kistiakowsky", 1 page, 8½x11. Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1979 April 12. On letterhead of the Department of Chemistry, Harvard University, to David A. Marcus, D. D. S., Palm Springs, California. In full: "Thanks to writing to me about nuclear power. I am not enthusiastic about nuclear power, but consider the alternatives!!! A clean slate of senior officials in Washington could greatly improve both the actual safety and the public image of nuclear power, which we must use not to be totally dependent economically and hence politically on OPEC. With cordial regards, Sincerely yours". Ukrainian-American scientist George B. Kistiakowsky (1900-1982) left Russia during the Civil War, earned his PhD at the University of Berlin, assumed a teaching position at Harvard in 1926, and became a US citizen in 1933. During World War II, he headed the Explosives Research Lab, which developed improved shaped charges and even an edible explosive for use by guerrilla forces. In September 1943, he joined the Manhattan Project, placed in charge of developing an explosive trigger for the A-bomb.A science advisor to President Eisenhower, he chaired the Office of Science and Technology, and was personally assigned by Ike to review the Strategic Air Command's nuclear targeting plan, recommending major changes. An active opponent of the Vietnam War and a campaigner against nuclear proliferation, he chaired the Council for a Livable World (1977). Normal mailing folds. Light surface creases. Slightly toned. Otherwise, fine condition.
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