Theodore (Ted) Rockwell retired founding partner and board member, MPR Associates, died on March 31, 2013. He was born on June 26, 1922, in Chicago and earned MS and BS degrees in chemical engineering at Princeton University. In 1960 he was awarded an honorary Sc.D. degree for contributions to the development of nuclear power. Ted was a prolific writer and speaker on technical topics, wrote popular interest articles, and established a blog, “Learning about Energy.” He edited the Reactor Shielding Manual, the fundamental reference used worldwide since its initial publication in 1956. The closing words on Ted’s life are also his own: “I like to stir up spirited discussions on important issues. Socially, I like to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”
Van Zyl de Villiers, Past-President World Council on Isotopes, April 2018: The production and supply of key medical radioisotopes, especially molybdenum-99, but also iodine-131 and xenon-133, continue to be of major interest to the isotope industry, the healthcare community and policy makers. The main players have been very successful in improving security of supply after the shortages experienced during 2009-2010, but also underline that the present form of the 99Mo/99mTc market remains economically unsustainable. See www.wci-ici.org for all newsletter issues.
John Droz is the publisher of "Energy and Environmental Newsletter." A hundred-plus years ago, wind energy was recognized as an antiquated, unreliable and expensive source of energy – and now, after hundreds of billions of wasted tax and consumer dollars, we find that (surprise!) it still is an antiquated, unreliable and expensive source of energy. This is what happens when science is relegated to a back-of-the-bus status. When a major turbine manufacturer calls a catastrophic failure like a blade falling off "component liberation", we know we are in for an adventurous ride in a theme park divorced from reality.
John Shanahan, civil engineer, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: Despite all who claim that they know what is best for the entire world and want/demand that everyone follow their ideas for a "perfect" environment, despite their claims that they can control Earth's climate, people in the real world will most likely use energy sources that are readily available, steady, controllable, lower cost and don’t pollute the environment excessively. That means hydro-electric where available, as clean as economically feasible fossil fuels and well managed nuclear power. Countries that choose to go with very low energy density, variable, unpredictable "renewables" will either come back to energy reality sometime or face fading economic strength and global irrelevance.
Wade Allison, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Oxford University, UK: Nuclear energy can affect life when a nucleus decays, releasing energy as radiation. Everything, even our own bodiees, contains some natural radioactivity, and nuclear radiation shines on us from space too. If it had been really dangerous, life would have died out aeons ago, when radiation flux was more intense than it is today. To survive the oxidative damage caused by radiation and oxygen, life has evolved a series of amazingly clever design features and strategies.