IAEA 20th anniversary


In 1977 the 20th anniversary of the IAEA was commemorated.


During the commemoration of the 20th anniversary in Vienna, IAEA awarded distinguished scientists with a special honour. German born Bernard Gross was very important for nuclear research in Brazil. In the 1960s he was Director of the Division of Scientific and Technological Information of the IAEA in Vienna. Gross was one of the first to apply modern information technology to science, creating the International Nuclear Information Service (INIS) with the participation of more than one hundred member states of the international agency. He was the Director of the Organizing Secretariat for the Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy.


Henry DeWolf Smyth (1898-1986) was a physicist and diplomat who figured prominently in the development of atomic energy in the United States through his contributions as scientist, instructor, policy maker, administrator, and author. He is perhaps best known for writing the official government report on the development of the atomic bomb in the U.S., Atomic Energy for Military Purposes (1945). In 1961 President Kennedy appointed Smyth the US Representative to the IAEA, a position which had ambassadorial rank. His efforts in the IAEA contributed to the development of nuclear safeguards and, in 1970, to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT).



Stamp catalogue


Austria                        2 May 1977









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