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I. HARRY MANDIL

1919–2006

Elected in 1998

“For engineering design and development of materials for naval and commercial nuclear reactors.”


BY THEODORE ROCKWELL


THE BIOGRAPHICAL FACTS OF Harry Mandil’s life are listed in his obituary. Born December 11, 1919, in Istanbul to an American father and a French mother, he earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of London in 1939 and a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1941. He received an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Thiel College in 1960 for his pioneering work in the field of nuclear power. He also graduated from the legendary Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology in 1950.

As an officer during World War II in the Navy Bureau of Ships in Washington, D.C., Harry worked under Commander H.G. Rickover on electrical power distribution systems for naval ships. After the war, he went to work for an engineering company in Newton, Massachusetts, but in 1949, then-Captain Rickover called him back to Washington to participate in the Naval Reactors Program, where he worked for both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Harry was director of the Reactor Engineering Division, Bureau of Ships, and chief of the Reactor Engineering Branch, Naval Reactors, AEC.

Harry was involved from the very beginning in all aspects of the development, design, and application of nuclear reactor cores and associated equipment for the propulsion of naval ships, from the first nuclear submarine, Nautilus, to the aircraft carrier, Enterprise(more than 75 ships and about 100 nuclear reactors). He was also project manager for the development and design of the



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