AUTHORBothwell, Robert
TITLENucleus: The History of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
PUBLISHERUniversity of Toronto Press
CITYToronto, Canada
DATE PUBLISHED1988
ISBN0-8020-2670-2


This book is a history of Canada’s government-run nuclear research and energy company, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL). Canada’s nuclear power program began in the 1940s with British technology, American cooperation, and imported workers. Canada later independently developed a nuclear reactor, the CANDU, and exported that reactor technology to South Korea, India, and Taiwan. Because Canada was under the American nuclear umbrella, development of nuclear energy for weapons was never considered necessary. The book discusses the development of the first Canadian reactor, the NRX; reactor sites Pickering and Douglas Point; and the Chalk Lake nuclear research facility. Bibliography is contained in endnotes and comes mostly from AECL archives and director minutes. The book includes black and white photographs of the nuclear facilities.


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