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Interview with Glenn Seaborg, 1986

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Title:
Interview with Glenn Seaborg, 1986
Description:
Glenn Seaborg is a chemist and Nobel laureate, who chaired the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission from 1961-1971. In the interview, he discusses the development of atomic weapons, along with its civilian uses, and the steps taken to ensure non-proliferation over the years. He describes the Atoms for Peace program and the Geneva conferences in the 1960s where he worked and shared information with scientists from around the world. He also touches on his relationship with several of those leading scientists, such as Homi Bhaba of India. Other topics include his role and interest in the Limited Test Ban Treaty and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and his insights into the programs in India, Israel and China. He considers the NPT to be highly effective although he notes there were exceptions, including the programs just mentioned.
Interviewee:
Seaborg, Glenn T. (Glenn Theodore), 1912-1999
Date:
October 30, 1986
Format:
Film/Video
Location:
WGBH
Collection (local):
WGBH Open Vault
Series:
War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
Subjects:
Brezhnev, Leonid Il'ich, 1906-1982
U.S. Atomic Energy Commission
Hydrogen bomb
Soviet Union
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Goldschmidt, Bertrand
Nuclear weapons--Testing
Treaty on the Non-proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1968)
Bundy, McGeorge
Nuclear nonproliferation
Nuclear arms control
Great Britain
Bhaba, Homi J.
Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1963)
Nuclear weapons
International Atomic Energy Agency
Nuclear energy
World War II
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
McNamara, Robert S., 1916-2009
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Harriman, W. Averell (William Averell), 1891-1986
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Khrushchev, Nikita Sergeevich, 1894-1971
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Gandhi, Indira, 1917-1984
Places:
California
France
Germany
Iraq
India
China
Israel
Pakistan
Japan
Extent:
00:55:37:15
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Publisher:
WGBH Educational Foundation
Identifier:
V_26A09FA3EFD24CA59DFCA3A22B27E450