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Speaker Series: New Nuclear Submarine and the birth of the Nuclear Navy


With Physicist and Retired Naval Officer, Warren Haussler

History and Evolution of the Nuclear Submarine

Warren Haussler was a Naval Officer during the Korean War.  He served with the top management group in the Navy’s Bureau of Ships in Washington, DC, directing the design and construction of the USS NAUTILUS, the Navy’s first nuclear-powered submarine.  He was involved in the development of the ship through her keel-laying, launch, sea trials, commissioning and subsequent operation at sea and under the North Pole.  His background was with the Manhattan Project where he was a physicist on the reactors producing Plutonium for the atomic bomb.

His talk will cover submarine history and development, starting with basic principles and a discussion of the original concepts from the late 19th Century through World War One, a brief review of submarine warfare in World Wars I and II, post-war considerations of nuclear technology and application to submarine propulsion, the development of the NAUTILUS and the eventual conversion of the entire US Fleet to nuclear power with some final remarks on naval operations during the Cold war and today.

Mr. Haussler has a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Rochester and for the past 25 years has run his own company in Pasadena in Industrial Design, developing new products for every-day use and designing and building machinery for production and manufacturing operations.

Earlier Event: March 18
Celebration of the Whales at CIMM
Later Event: March 25
Water Works Closes