Hyman Rickover

Rickover, Hyman George

Hyman George Rickover, 1900–1986, American admiral, b. Russia. In World War II he served as head of the electrical section of the navy's Bureau of Ships. After the war he was assigned (1946) to the atomic submarine project at Oak Ridge, Tenn., and helped convince the navy that nuclear sea power was feasible. Rickover directed the planning and construction of the world's first atomic-powered submarine, the Nautilus, launched in 1954, and other of the U.S. navy's nuclear-powered ships. Rickover later became chief of the Naval Reactors Branch of the Atomic Energy Commission and was in charge of the nuclear propulsion division of the navy's Bureau of Ships. His naval career was marked by a certain amount of controversy because of his outspoken opinions and unorthodox methods, traits which interfered with promotion until pressure was brought to bear from supporters in Congress. He was finally promoted to rear admiral (1953), vice admiral (1958), and admiral (1973). He was on active duty until 1981; in 1982 he retired.

See biography by N. Polmar and T. P. Allen (1982).

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The Shipbuilders: From Clipper Ships to Submarines to Hovercraft
D. S. Halacy Jr.
J. B. Lippincott, 1966
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 6 "Admiral Rickover and the Atom-Powered Ship"
Swiss Schools and Ours: Why Theirs Are Better
H. G. Rickover; Mortimer Smith.
Little, Brown and Company, 1962
Historical Encyclopedia of Atomic Energy
Stephen E. Atkins.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Rickover, Hyman George" begins on p. 310
The Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program: A Brief Case Study in Institutional Constancy
Crawford, John W.; Krahn, Steven L.
Public Administration Review, Vol. 58, No. 2, March-April 1998
Beyond Engineering: How Society Shapes Technology
Robert Pool.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Hyman Rickover begins on p. 46
Power at Sea
Lisle A. Rose.
University of Missouri Press, vol.3, 2007
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Hyman Rickover begins on p. 52
Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage
Sherry Sontag; Christopher Drew; Annette Lawrence Drew.
PublicAffairs, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Hyman Rickover begins on p. 54
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