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Nuclear properties were added to the list of criteria for the selection of materials at the onset of the Nuclear Age. From the beginning, the era of nuclear energy was beset with materials problems. Production of common and unusual materials of unprecedented purity was required by neutron absorption characteristics. The continual bombardment of a reactor's structural materials by nuclear particles as the result of fission required research into the fundamental and engineering aspects of radiation effects. As a result of this research, the lifetime of nuclear reactors has been significantly increased, and the nuclear reactor has become an indispensable tool for many new and old categories of materials research.
Research Manager, Materials Research Laboratory, Ordnance Materials Research Office, Watertown, Mass.