The Thomas H. Pigford papers including correspondence, research files, writings, reports, presentations, notebooks and course
Founding chair of the Department of Nuclear Engineering at U.C. Berkeley, Thomas H. Pigford’s five-decade career included
the areas of nuclear reactor design, nuclear safety, nuclear fuel cycles and radioactive waste management. A pioneer in the
development of nuclear engineering as a field of study, Pigford led a research program at U.C. Berkeley that developed a theoretical
means for predicting the long-term behavior of radioactive and chemical waste disposed of underground. A strong proponent
of nuclear power, Pigford was, equally, a vocal advocate for the application of strict safety standards for its use. As a
result, he was appointed to a number of advisory commissions on nuclear reactor safety, including those charged with evaluating
the accidents in Chernobyl, Ukraine and Three Mile Island in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania.
8 cartons, 1 box, 1 cardfile box, 1 oversize folder (10.80 linear feet)
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