The Global Energy Prize laureate 2004
A VALUABLE EXPERIENCE ON FAST NEUTRONS
Leonard Koch stood at the origins of the “peaceful atom”
On December 20, 1951, the first nuclear fission electric power was generated by a fast-neutron reactor EBR-I (Experimental Breeder Reactor-I) at the Idaho National Laboratory. The capacity generated was about 100 kWh and was enough to light up electric lamps comprising an inscription indicating that the power had been generated as a result of the use of nuclear energy. “We celebrated the generation of the first electric powIRINA er from atomic energy and everyone present wrote their names on the wall over the turbine generator”. For 24 years, Leonard Koch had been holding leading positions at Argonne National Laboratory. He had lots of academic ranks, but in the history of science he will be remembered as one of the pioneers of nuclear energy of the 20th century.