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This Week in Tech History: Birth of Nuclear Power, Final Trip to the Moon

On this edition of "This Week in Tech History", Chris reminds us of the birth of nuclear power, as well as the final trip to the moon.

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This week in 1938 – Vladimir Zworykin of Wilkinsburg, PA patented the iconoscope television system.

EBR-I_2In 1951 this week – EBR-I (Experimental Breeder Reactor-I) ushered in a new era in nuclear history when it became the first reactor to generate usable amounts of electricity from nuclear energy. It accomplished this feat by lighting four light bulbs at the National Reactor Testing Station in Butte County, Idaho.

In 1972 – The last manned lunar flight, Apollo 17, returned to Earth, marking the last time man has been to the Moon.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs, 1996

And this week in 1996 – NeXT Software, founded by Steve Jobs, merged with Apple Computer, founded by Steve Jobs, Bringing Jobs back to Apple as a consultant and later, Interim CEO. A few years after that, Jobs would again become permanent CEO of Apple.

Written by Chris Graveline

Chris has covered consumer technology for over 20 years. He is the host of This Week in Tech History as well as a regular co-host on "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline" and our Technical Director.

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