• Atomic energy commission was established by congress in 1946.

  • The work of atomic energy commission is to

    • Develop the atomic energy

    • Control the atomic energy

    • Use the  atomic energy in necessary situations.

Interesting events in the history of  Atomic Energy Commission

  • A  year after World War II ended, Congress established the United States Atomic Energy Commission to control the development of atomic science and technology.

  • President Harry S. Truman confirmed the civilian control  of atomic energy by signing the Atomic Energy Act on  August 1, 1946.

  • Atomic Energy Act provided for three major advisory committees:

    • the Congressional Joint  Committee on Atomic Energy.

    • the Military Liaison Committee.

    • the General Advisory Committee of outstanding scientists.



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  • The true power of atomic energy was revealed on August 6 1945, when atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

  • The first test of new atomic weapons was conducted at Enewetak Atoll in April and May 1948.

  • In early September 1949 a special Air Force unit detected a large radioactive mass over the Pacific caused by the atomic energy.


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  • David Lilienthal, chairman of the Atomic energy commission dream is to  develop the full potential of the peaceful atom. He resigned on February 15, 1950 as his dream had not been fulfilled.

  • The first atomic tests in the United States was held at Alamogordo on July 16, 1945.

  • On December 20,1951atomic energy commission produces a token amount of electricity from an experimental fast breeder reactor.


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  • The atomic energy Commission's 1962 report on civilian power had projected 5,000 megawatts of nuclear power capacity by 1970 and 40,000 by 1980.

  • Under the terms of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954, Congress had given the Atomic Energy Commission the responsibility for regulating and licensing commercial atomic activities.

  • In 1966 the Atomic Energy Commission budget for the first time was divided about equally between weapons and peaceful.


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  • In 1966 the Atomic Energy Commission budget for the first time was divided about equally between weapons and peaceful.

  • The first such unit was launched into space from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on April 3, 1965 by Atomic Energy Commission.

  • The first woman to be chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission is Ray.

  • In June 1973, President Nixon directed the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission to undertake an immediate review of federal and private energy research and development activities.


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  • The Atomic Energy Commission's twenty-eight-year stewardship of the Nation's nuclear energy program came to an end on October 11,1974

  • On January 19, 1975, the Atomic Energy Commission's research and development responsibilities were assumed by the ERDA and regulatory and licensing functions by the NRC.

  • 6320 Commission employees went to ERDA while 1970 former regulatory personnel became part of the new NRC.


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