R2-9 "The Story of the NRU Reactor" (DHP) | Visionnement du documentaire « Histoire du réacteur NRU » (DHP)
- Patrick Clancy (McMaster University)
This session will feature a screening of the documentary “Of Great Service: The Story of the National Research Universal”, a film produced by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories. “Of Great Service” tells the story of the National Research Universal (NRU) reactor and its historical role as one of Canada’s most important scientific and research facilities. One of the largest research reactors in the world, NRU was a landmark achievement in Canadian nuclear science and technology. It went into service on November 3, 1957 on the banks of the Ottawa River in Deep River, Ontario. For over 60 years, the reactor served Canadians as a supplier of industrial and medical radioisotopes used for the diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening diseases, as a major Canadian facility for neutron physics research, and to provide engineering research and development support for Canada’s fleet of nuclear power reactors.
This screening is being held by the CAP Division on the History of Physics in honour of the 25th anniversary of Bertam Brockhouse receiving the Nobel Prize in Physics. Much of Brockhouse’s pioneering work in the development of neutron spectroscopy was carried out using the facilities described in this film. We would like to thank Canadian Nuclear Laboratories for their role in supporting this session.