A history of AECL and its contribution to developing peaceful applications of nuclear energy.
Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has made significant advances in the development of nuclear science in Canada and worldwide. AECL scientist Bertram Brockhouse's work on condensed matter systems won him the 1994 Nobel Prize in Physics and the CANDU power reactor is recognized as one of Canada's top ten engineering accomplishments. A fitting tribute to an important institution, Canada Enters the Nuclear Age is a comprehensive history of nuclear research and development at AECL and of the role AECL played in transforming a complex and demanding technology into a safe, reliable, and beneficial one. Written by sixteen of Canada's pioneering nuclear scientists, the book focuses on Canada's nuclear program at AECL's laboratories at Chalk River, Ontario, and Whiteshell, Manitoba, between the years 1943 and 1985. Topics include the organization and operations of AECL's laboratories, nuclear safety and radiation protection, radioisotopes, basic research, development of the CANDU reactor, and the management of radioactive wastes. As well as providing a valuable historical perspective on Canadian science, Canada Enters the Nuclear Age offers useful guidance for innovative scientific development in the future, a future that will depend on developing and nurturing technically sophisticated industry.