President Dwight D. Eisenhower captured the desires and hopes of the nations of the world in his "Atoms for Peace" speech to the United Nations General Assembly on December 8, 1953.
President Eisenhower suggested that human aspiration would triumph and allow nuclear science and technology to benefit of all humankind. In the last 50 years, the United States has transformed Eisenhower's dream of the peaceful atom into many benefits for the citizens of the world.
In the fifty-year period since the "Atoms for Peace" speech, the global nuclear research and development community has evolved from conducting fundamental scientific investigations to developing responsive, real-world, peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology in business and society. As Eisenhower envisioned, the science and technology of the atom are today positive parts of our everyday lives.
On this 50th Anniversary of Eisenhower's address, we celebrate the adaptation of atomic energy to the arts of peace.
Last updated July 11, 2012, 1:00pm CDT.