On Sunday, March 31, 2013, the world lost a nuclear energy pioneer. I lost a friend and mentor. Ted Rockwell passed away in his sleep during the wee hours of the morning on Easter Sunday. He was 90 years old; his death was the end result of a brief illness from which he was unable to recover.
Atomic Insights readers and Atomic Show listeners have frequently read Ted’s words and listened to his stories. He lived an admirably productive life, participated in the creation of some amazing technology and produced several fine works of history and creative writing. He was a tireless campaigner for facts, a warm and friendly individual and a witty conversationalist.
I will miss his ready willingness to give good advice and his valuable assistance on important technical information issues. Most importantly, I will miss our frequent conversations on the wide variety of pressing problems that can be alleviated by increasing use of nuclear fission energy. These short clips do a pretty good job of illustrating Ted’s personality and technical opinions:
Rockwell: Nothing compares to nuclear
Rockwell: Waste can be stored anywhere
ANS Nuclear Cafe (April 2, 2013) Ted Rockwell, Atomic Pioneer and Tireless Campaigner for Facts
Nuclear Townhall Ted Rockwell, RIP: Nuclear’s Cockeyed Optimist