Nasa's Nuclear Frontier: The Plum Brook Reactor Facility, 1941-2002

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Government Printing Office, 2004 - Business & Economics - 197 pages
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Presents a visual history of the Plum Brook reactor, including numerous images and captions, a narrative history, and selected primary documents.  This work culminated in the atomic bomb.  After the war, as Plum Brook's ordnance factories went silent, scientists continued their pursuit of nuclear knowledge by constructing test reactors. Timeline included within the Appendices section.   Military personnel, especially strategists, leaders and soldiers may be most interested in this volume,  students pursuing research about the Plum Brook facilitiy and the land used to house the military's explosives and gun powder.

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Contents

Obtaining the Land
9
The Dream of a Flying Reactor
23
Constructing the Reactor
47
Kennedys New Dream
67
The Plum Brook Reactor Opens Its Doors
97
Plum Brook Station Test Facilities
117
Returning the Land
143
Endnotes
157
About the Authors
185

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Mark D. Bowles received his B.A. in Psychology (1991) and M.A. in History (1993) from the University of Akron. He earned his Ph.D. in the History
of Technology and Science (1999) from Case Western Reserve University. He was the Tomash Fellow (1997-98) from the Charles Babbage Institute at the University of Minnesota. From 1996 to 2004 he was a principal at History Enterprises, Inc., where he coauthored three books with Dr. Virginia Dawson. These included Taming Liquid Hydrogen (2004), a history of the Centaur upper stage rocket, which the American Institute of Aeronautics
honored with its 2004 History Manuscript Award. Dr. Bowles has also written Our Healing Mission (2003), a history of Saint Francis Hospital
and Medical Center in Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently vice president and principal at Tech Pro, Inc., and he continues to write books on aviation
and aerospace history. He has been married to his wife Nancy for fourteen years. They are raising their three-year-old daughter Isabelle. He can be reached at mark.bowles@case.edu.

Robert Arrighi is an archivist for InDyne, Inc. at the NASA Glenn Research Center supporting the History Office and the Imaging Technology Center.
He received his B.A. in History (1997) from Cleveland State University and M.A. in Library and Information Science (2001) from Kent State University. At Kent State, he prepared the Staughton Lynd Collection for the Department of Special Collections and Archives. From 1998-2001 he worked on a number of archival projects for History Enterprises, Inc., which include the Davey  Tree Co., Temple Tifereth Israel, Huron Road Hospital, Matrix Essentials, and the National Institutes of Health. Between 2001-03, he worked  on a project archiving NASA's Plum Brook Reactor Facility documents and identifying artifacts. During this period, Arrighi cowrote the accompanying documentary script and served as a consultant for the many facets of the reactor historical
preservation project. He began working with InDyne, Inc. in June 2003. He can reached at robert.arrighi@grc.nasa.gov.

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