The Rickover EffectThe Rickover Effect

"A notable, anecdote-rich biography of the controversial 'father of the nuclear navy.'"—Publishers Weekly "This thought-provoking, well-written, and stimulating book . . . is an honest tribute to a man whose greatness will one day be ...

Author: Theodore Rockwell

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 0471122963


Page: 411

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"A notable, anecdote-rich biography of the controversial 'father of the nuclear navy.'"—Publishers Weekly "This thought-provoking, well-written, and stimulating book . . . is an honest tribute to a man whose greatness will one day be recognized even more than it is today."—Associated Press "Together with Rhodes's definitive account of the race . . . to develop a nuclear bomb, these two works constitute the most important contributions to date on the history of atomic energy."—Nuclear News "The consummate inside story of Rickover's team: how they developed nuclear power, how they worked together, and their relationships with a revered, though controversial, boss."—Captain Edward L. Beach, USN (Ret.), author of Run Silent, Run Deep In less than a decade, Hyman G. Rickover created the world's first nuclear submarine, the USS Nautilus, and built the world's first atomic power station. His unprecedented technological achievements overcame both natural and human obstacles and gave new meaning to the concept of industrial quality control. Here is the critically acclaimed, authentic inside story, told by the man who worked at Rickover's side for fifteen years. Theodore Rockwell takes us behind the "zirconium curtain" to see the emergence of the commercial nuclear industry through the eyes of those who shaped it and to discover why Rickover provoked a storm of controversy. The Rickover Effect is a riveting tale of genius and dedication told in intimate, human terms. Theodore Rockwell is an editor and author, as well as an expert on nuclear reactors who worked with Admiral Rickover from 1949 to 1964. He served as technical director of the U.S. Naval Reactors Program from 1954 to 1964.

Imponderable But Not InevitableImponderable But Not Inevitable

28. Theodore Rockwell, The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1992) (Authors Guild edition), p. 75; Polmar and Allen, Rickover, p. 102; Patrick Tyler, Running Critical: ...

Author: Malcolm H. Murfett

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9780313378829


Page: 203

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This book fills an important gap in the literature of modern warfare by focusing on random elements in warfare often overlooked in both the planning and execution of military operations—factors that can turn certain success into devastating failure. * Includes the work of eight distinguished contributors, each an expert in military history * Offers a bibliography of print and online resources for further reading

From Insight to InnovationFrom Insight to Innovation

The co - author's full name was Forrest H. Murray . See also ibid . , 41-43 , 49-51 , and 58-61 . 13. The Rickover quote is from Theodore Rockwell , The Rickover Effect : The Inside Story of How Admiral Hyman Rickover ...

Author: David P. Billington, Jr.

Publisher: MIT Press

ISBN: 9780262044301


Page: 336

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The engineering ideas behind key twentieth-century technical innovations, from great dams and highways to the jet engine, the transistor, the microchip, and the computer. Technology is essential to modern life, yet few of us are technology-literate enough to know much about the engineering that underpins it. In this book, David P. Billington, Jr., offers accessible accounts of the key twentieth-century engineering innovations that brought us into the twenty-first century. Billington examines a series of engineering advances—from Hoover Dam and jet engines to the transistor, the microchip, the computer, and the internet—and explains how they came about and how they work. Each of these innovations tells a unique story. The great dams of the New Deal brought huge rivers under control, and a national highway system interconnected the nation, as did jet air travel. The transistor and the microchip originated in the private sector and found a mass market after early government support. The computer and the internet began as government projects and found a mass market later in the private sector. Billington finds that engineers with unconventional insights could succeed in a bureaucratic age; what mattered were independent vision and a society that welcomed innovation. This book completes the story of American engineering begun with the earlier volumes The Innovators (by the author's father) and Power, Speed, and Form (by the author and his father).

Jimmy Carter American MoralistJimmy Carter American Moralist

Norman Polmar and Thomas B. Allen , Rickover ( New York : Simon and Schuster , 1982 ) , p . 344 . 60. Theodore Rockwell , The Rickover Effect : How One Man Made a Difference ( Annapolis : Naval Institute Press , 1992 ) , pp .

Author: Kenneth E. Morris

Publisher: University of Georgia Press

ISBN: 082031949X


Page: 448

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In the first full-scale biography of America's 39th president since 1980, Kenneth Morris shows readers that any conclusions about Carter's leadership and the adequacy of his challenges as a president cannot ignore the moral quandary that vexed the nation. 35 photos.

Rickover The Struggle for ExcellenceRickover The Struggle for Excellence

This book does him long-awaited justice.” — Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), Chief of Naval Operations, 1982-86 “Impressively researched, insightful, and readable. Duncan captures the Rickover behind the myths and sea stories.

Author: Francis Duncan

Publisher: Plunkett Lake Press




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Admiral Hyman G. Rickover (1900-1986), the “Father of the Nuclear Navy,” was born Chaim Godalia Rickover in eastern Poland to Jewish parents. Fleeing Russian antisemitic pogroms in 1906 with his mother and sister, he joined his father, who had traveled to America since 1897, in New York City. The family soon moved to Chicago where Rickover’s father worked as a tailor. Congressman Adolph Sabath, a Czech Jewish immigrant, nominated Rickover for appointment to the US Naval Academy. Rickover passed the entrance exams and entered the Academy in 1918. After sea duty on several ships and submarines, he served as head of the Electrical Section in the Bureau of Ships and in 1946, was sent to Oak Ridge to start working on nuclear naval propulsion reactors, a program he would lead for the rest of his career. He became a four-star admiral in 1973. Rickover’s work on nuclear propulsion had a profound effect on the post-World War II world and on the development of civilian nuclear reactors for electricity generation. His demand for excellence and accountability was felt far beyond the naval community, yet few other flag officers in the US Navy have been so controversial. Drawing on the admiral’s private papers and the personal insights of friends and family members, this biography examines Rickover’s extraordinary naval career and his private life. “Francis Duncan, in his long-awaited full biography of Hyman Rickover, achieves that difficult dual goal of close personal insight and honesty of distance... Duncan details Rickover’s many controversies, his towering rages, and his contempt for tradition, bureaucracy, and stupidity... a very readable cruise through the life of a notorious curmudgeon who, after all, served his country well and had a major impact on the ships of the U.S. Navy, on the engineering profession, and on the development of nuclear power in the United States.” — Rodney Carlisle, The Journal of American History “This fine treatment of a remarkable man is highly recommended.” — Malcolm Muir, Jr., Technology and Culture “Francis Duncan is uniquely qualified to write the biography of Admiral Hyman G. Rickover... He is the only person to whom Admiral Rickover ever made himself available for interviews and allowed use of his personal papers, including the letters between himself and his first wife, Ruth... This is an enjoyable book, especially for the thousands who served, or serve now, in the nuclear programs, civilian or military. It is also an important addition to the history of a man who was one of the giants of the twentieth-century United States.” — Robert Loewenthal, The Journal of Military History “Victorious in his struggle for excellence, Rickover’s personal baton of highly disciplined professionalism was passed without a hitch to those he had selected, educated, and trained to run nuclear power plants safely and efficiently. We still feel his presence; his legacy endures. This book does him long-awaited justice.” — Admiral James D. Watkins, USN (Ret.), Chief of Naval Operations, 1982-86 “Impressively researched, insightful, and readable. Duncan captures the Rickover behind the myths and sea stories. This account of his remarkable life, an only-in-America story, will appeal to a wide audience — midshipman to CEO.” — Admiral Bruce DeMars, USN (Ret.), Director, Navy Nuclear Propulsion, 1988-96 “This excellent book offers insights not available to previous authors who did not enjoy Francis Duncan’s close association with Rickover and his family. Particularly useful are early chapters that define the character of the man.” — Admiral Kinnard R. McKee, USN (Ret.), Director, Navy Nuclear Propulsion, 1982-88 “This is the authentic biography of Hyman Rickover, one of the most influential persons in naval history and in the creation of an international civilian nuclear power industry. Duncan has given us a national treasure that is both authoritative and enjoyably readable. There’s something in it for everyone.” — Dr. Theodore Rockwell, former technical director of Rickover’s naval reactors program “Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence is an original and absolutely fundamental contribution both to naval history and to a general understanding of nuclear power development. It is very objective and accessible... There is no comparable book.” — Dr. Gary Weir, Naval Historical Center “I believe Rickover: The Struggle for Excellence by Francis Duncan is the best biography of Admiral Rickover.” — Robert Rickover, son of Admiral Rickover

The Art of CommandThe Art of Command

Rickover such a leadership icon in the technological realm was his ability to recognize, nurture, ... Theodore Rockwell, The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1992), 323. 3.

Author: Harry Laver

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813173122


Page: 294

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What essential leadership lessons do we learn by distilling the actions and ideas of great military commanders such as George Washington, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Colin Powell? That is the fundamental question underlying The Art of Command: Military Leadership from George Washington to Colin Powell. The book illustrates that great leaders become great through conscious effort—a commitment not only to develop vital skills but also to surmount personal shortcomings. Harry S. Laver, Jeffrey J. Matthews, and the other contributing authors identify nine core characteristics of highly effective leadership, such as integrity, determination, vision, and charisma, and nine significant figures in American military history whose careers embody those qualities. The Art of Command examines each figure’s strengths and weaknesses and how those attributes affected their leadership abilities, offering a unique perspective of military leadership in American history. Laver and Matthews have assembled a list of contributors from military, academic, and professional circles, which allows the book to encompass diverse approaches to the study of leadership.

The Right Way to WinThe Right Way to Win

For a highly readable biography of Rickover and history of the Naval Reactors Group by one of his key lieutenants, see Theodore Rockwell, The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Lincoln, Nebraska: iUniverse, 2002). 12.

Author: Robert Zafft


ISBN: 9781538140727


Page: 160

View: 483

In this pragmatic and accessible business ethics guide, students, entrepreneurs, and professionals learn that business ethics is about so much more than right and wrong. Harvard-educated and McKinsey & Co.-trained business leader Robert Zafft shows that being ethical is not an obstacle to but an essential building block for success. --Steven Hellman, CEO (former), Credit Suisse Russia/CIS


The first book about Rickover was Clay Blair, Jr.'s, TheAtomic Submarine andAdmiralRickover (New York: Henry Holt, ... is Theodore Rockwell's The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, ...

Author: Thomas B. Allen

Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.

ISBN: 9781574884456


Page: 103

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Highlights Rickover's effect on the Navy's development of nuclear power and records one of the most extraordinary tours of duty in naval history

The Midshipman Culture and Educational ReformThe Midshipman Culture and Educational Reform

Duncan , Rickover and the Nuclear Navy ; and Rockwell , The Rickover Effect . 77. Duncan , Rickover and the Nuclear Navy ; and Rockwell , The Rickover Effect . 78. Duncan , Rickover and the Nuclear Navy ; and Rockwell , The Rickover ...

Author: Todd A. Forney

Publisher: University of Delaware Press

ISBN: 0874138647


Page: 409

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The Midshipman Culture and Educational Reform examines the effect of educational and professional reforms on the culture of Annapolis from 1945-76. The Naval Academy has juggled the competing priorities of training and education throughout its history. Proper balance was a perennial problem since the academy was limited to a four-year timetable to graduation. Bancroft Hall was the focal point for professional indoctrination and the heart and soul of the academy culture. Its traditions and activities often competed with academies for the midshipmen's time and attention. technology and operational requirements forced the school to reevaluate the emphasis paid to academics. Outside groups, such as the Folsom Board and Admiral Hyman Rickover, also acted as a catalyst for reform. The culmination of these efforts was the academic revolution of the 1960s, which transformed Annapolis into an elite engineering college. Midshipmen and their officers occasionally resisted changes that undercut their most cherished traditions, including plebe indoctrination. Ironically, most core values of the academy culture remained similar to what they had always been, including the emphasis on career service and loyalty to one's shipmates. Fomey's book uses all original sources, including a thorough survey of graduates from these years.

Atomic AmericaAtomic America

30 a perfect grade of 100: Polmar and Allen, Rickover, 35. 31 ranking 107th out of 540 midshipmen: Rockwell, The Rickover Effect, 22. 32 The top speed for the S-48 on the surface was 14.2 knots: Tech specs for the S-48 are taken from ...

Author: Todd Tucker

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781439158289


Page: 288

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On January 3, 1961, nuclear reactor SL-1 exploded in rural Idaho, spreading radioactive contamination over thousands of acres and killing three men: John Byrnes, Richard McKinley, and Richard Legg. The Army blamed "human error" and a sordid love triangle. Though it has been overshadowed by the accident at Three Mile Island, SL-1 is the only fatal nuclear reactor incident in American history, and it holds serious lessons for a nation poised to embrace nuclear energy once again. Historian Todd Tucker, who first heard the rumors about the Idaho Falls explosion as a trainee in the Navy's nuclear program, suspected there was more to the accident than the rumors suggested. Poring over hundreds of pages of primary sources and interviewing the surviving players led him to a tale of shocking negligence and subterfuge. The Army and its contractors had deliberately obscured the true causes of this terrible accident, the result of poor engineering as much as uncontrolled passions. A bigger story opened up before him about the frantic race for nuclear power among the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force -- a race that started almost the moment the nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The National Reactor Testing Station (NRTS), where the meltdown occurred, had been a proving ground where engineers, generals, and admirals attempted to make real the Atomic Age dream of unlimited power. Some of their most ambitious plans bore fruit -- like that of the nation's unofficial nuclear patriarch, Admiral Rickover, whose "true submarine," the USS Nautilus, would forever change naval warfare. Others, like the Air Force's billion dollar quest for a nuclear-powered airplane, never came close. The Army's ultimate goal was to construct small, portable reactors to power the Arctic bases that functioned as sentinels against a Soviet sneak attack. At the height of its program, the Army actually constructed a nuclear powered city inside a glacier in Greenland. But with the meltdown in Idaho came the end of the Army's program and the beginning of the Navy's longstanding monopoly on military nuclear power. The dream of miniaturized, portable nuclear plants died with McKinley, Legg, and Byrnes. The demand for clean energy has revived the American nuclear power industry. Chronic instability in the Middle East and fears of global warming have united an unlikely coalition of conservative isolationists and fretful environmentalists, all of whom are fighting for a buildup of the emission-free power source that is already quietly responsible for nearly 20 percent of the American energy supply. More than a hundred nuclear plants generate electricity in the United States today. Thirty-two new reactors are planned. All are descendants of SL-1. With so many plants in operation, and so many more on the way, it is vitally important to examine the dangers of poor design, poor management, and the idea that a nuclear power plant can be inherently safe. Tucker sets the record straight in this fast-paced narrative history, advocating caution and accountability in harnessing this feared power source.


Theodore Rockwell, The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference (Lincoln, NE: iUniverse, 2002), 27. Kintner (1959), 2. Rockwell, The Rickover Effect,44–45. Cited in Richard Rhodes, “A Demonstration at Shippingport: Coming On Line ...

Author: Richard Rhodes

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781501105364


Page: 480

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A “meticulously researched” (The New York Times Book Review) examination of energy transitions over time and an exploration of the current challenges presented by global warming, a surging world population, and renewable energy—from Pulitzer Prize- and National Book Award-winning author Richard Rhodes. People have lived and died, businesses have prospered and failed, and nations have risen to world power and declined, all over energy challenges. Through an unforgettable cast of characters, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Rhodes explains how wood gave way to coal and coal made room for oil, as we now turn to natural gas, nuclear power, and renewable energy. “Entertaining and informative…a powerful look at the importance of science” (, Rhodes looks back on five centuries of progress, through such influential figures as Queen Elizabeth I, King James I, Benjamin Franklin, Herman Melville, John D. Rockefeller, and Henry Ford. In his “magisterial history…a tour de force of popular science” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Rhodes shows how breakthroughs in energy production occurred; from animal and waterpower to the steam engine, from internal-combustion to the electric motor. He looks at the current energy landscape, with a focus on how wind energy is competing for dominance with cast supplies of coal and natural gas. He also addresses the specter of global warming, and a population hurtling towards ten billion by 2100. Human beings have confronted the problem of how to draw energy from raw material since the beginning of time. Each invention, each discovery, each adaptation brought further challenges, and through such transformations, we arrived at where we are today. “A beautifully written, often inspiring saga of ingenuity and progress…Energy brings facts, context, and clarity to a key, often contentious subject” (Booklist, starred review).

Encyclopedia of War and American SocietyEncyclopedia of War and American Society

Numerous qualified officers were eliminated from the reactor program simply because Rickover disliked them, and any officer who ... The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference, Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Author: Peter Karsten

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 9781452265377


Page: 1392

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The impact of war on American society has been extensive throughout our nation's history. War has transformed economic patterns, government policy, public sentiments, social trends and cultural expression. SAGE Reference is proud to announce the Encyclopedia of War and American Society. This Encyclopedia is a comprehensive, highly-credentialed multidisciplinary historical work that examines the numerous ways wars affect societies. The three volumes cover a wide range of general thematic categories, issues, and topics that address not only the geopolitical effects of war, but also show how the U.S. engagement in national and international conflicts has affected the social and cultural arena. Key Features Explores and analyzes three types of effects of war—direct effects, interactive relationships, and indirect effects—to illustrate the range of connections between war and American society Probes the correlations between our wartime expeditions and the experiences of the greater American society not limited to just the war years but also demonstrates how the wartime event impacted society after the conflicts ended Offers readers a host of documents including passages from letters, diaries, autobiographies, official documents, novels, poems, songs, and cartoons, as well as images, graphs, and a number of tables of relevant data, surveys, and public opinion polls to extend their research capabilities Concentrates mostly on the last 100 years to give more coverage on this often neglected wartime era Key Themes Arts and Culture Civil-Military Relations Economy and Labor Education (both military and civilian) Environment and Health Journalism and Media Law and Justice Military Leaders and Figures Planning, Command and Control Race, Gender, and Ethnicity Religion Science and Technology Veterans' Issues and Experiences The Wars themselves and their civilian and military leaders The Encyclopedia of War and American Society is a must-have reference for all academic libraries as well as a welcome addition to any social science reference collection.

500 Great Military Leaders 2 volumes 500 Great Military Leaders 2 volumes

Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990. Polmar, Norman, and Thomas B. Allen. Rickover: Controversy and Genius; A Biography. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1982. Rockwell, Theodore. The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference.

Author: Spencer C. Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781598847581


Page: 890

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This insightful encyclopedia examines the most influential commanders who have shaped military history and the course of world events from ancient times to the present. • Profiles 500 military commanders who had a major impact on history in A–Z entries written in plain, easily understood language • Provides critical analyses of the individuals themselves, off the field, as well as their significant contributions to military history—and in some cases, world history • Includes more than 40 sidebars that provide interesting facts and insight into various military leaders as well as extensive references for further reading

A Global Chronology of Conflict From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East 6 volumes A Global Chronology of Conflict From the Ancient World to the Modern Middle East 6 volumes

Rickover was instrumental in the development and design of nuclear reactors not only for naval use but also for civilian ... Rickover died in Arlington, Virginia, on July 8, 1986. ... The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference.

Author: Spencer C. Tucker

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781851096725


Page: 2777

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This monumental six-volume resource offers engaging entries of major diplomatic, military, and political events driving world conflicts from ancient times to the present. • Hundreds of concise, chronologically organized entries on major wars, battles, political events, weapons technologies, and diplomatic initiatives • Essays at roughly 50-year intervals analyzing each era's defining developments in the evolution of warfare, including changes in tactics, weapons, and other technologies • Sidebars highlighting hundreds of key individuals in the history of military conflict as well as important developments in weapon systems • A comprehensive glossary of military terms to help readers understand the language of warfare and weapons • A rich illustration program of images, drawings, and maps

International Encyclopedia of Military HistoryInternational Encyclopedia of Military History

The Rickover Effect: The Inside Story of How Admiral Hyman Rickover Built the Nuclear Navy. New York, 1995. Tyler, Patrick. Running Critical: The Silent War, Rickover, and General Dynamics. New York, 1986. Ridgway, Gen.

Author: James C. Bradford

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135950330


Page: 1600

View: 720

With its impressive breadth of coverage – both geographically and chronologically – the International Encyclopedia of Military History is the most up-to-date and inclusive A-Z resource on military history. From uniforms and military insignia worn by combatants to the brilliant military leaders and tacticians who commanded them, the campaigns and wars to the weapons and equipment used in them, this international and multi-cultural two-volume set is an accessible resource combining the latest scholarship in the field with a world perspective on military history.

Demand Articulation of Emerging TechnologiesDemand Articulation of Emerging Technologies

The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. 10 Ando Y. (1996). Nuclear Ship “Mutsu”: Its Technology and History. 11 Rockwell, T. (1992). The Rickover Effect. 12 Ando Y. (1996).

Author: Fumio Kodama

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527541658


Page: 179

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In today’s high-tech environment, we have to conceptualize a sophisticated translation skill that converts a vague set of wants into well-defined products. To do so, we must come to the concept of “demand articulation.” Marketing scholars have summarized that this concept is an important competency of market-driving firms. Most firms are more comfortable in a world of pre-articulated demand, wherein customers know exactly what they want, but the firm’s challenge is to unearth that information. In order to better understand this idea, the book is organized into five categories, providing various insights into contextual change in innovation. These categories are: defense-centric; commercialization-centric; core competency-centric, innovation wave-centric, and fourth industrial revolution-centric. For each chapter, a specific industrial product is selected for analysis, and the longitudinal dynamics of demand articulation of emerging technologies are analysed.