The Hungarian Nuclear Society Celebrated its 20th Birthday
The Hungarian Nuclear Society (HNS) was founded
more than 20 years ago, on May 29, 1989. It is better late than
never to celebrate this significant anniversary – that was
the opinion of the current HNS Chairman, Ellöd Hollo, when
the agenda for the General Assembly (GA) meeting was being prepared.
Consequently, the GA that took place on May 19 2011 was devoted
to recalling the main events that have marked the history of the
Professor Zoltan Szatmary, the first Chairman
of the Society gave a presentation on the early years. The HNS
was founded by private individuals in order to facilitate and
promote the peaceful use of the atomic energy in Hungary. Over
the years the Society has operated as an independent non-profit-making
organisation that brings together people from regulatory bodies,
utilities, educational establishments, research centres and design
Prof. Zoltan Szatmary
Among the outstanding moments that have signposted
the Society’s history was the visit of the famous Hungarian
nuclear physicist, Edward Teller, to Hungary, several years after
he had emigrated. Edward Teller, together with other well-known
Hungarian scientists like Leo Szilárd and Eugene Wigner,
won many distinctions in the field of nuclear reactor development
in US during the mid-1990s.
Portrait of Edward Teller
During the course of its history the Society
has had 6 Chairmen who have coordinated its activities. All 6
were present at the GA meeting and contributed to the review that
was made of the Society’s achievements since it was founded.
The conclusion that was reached was that once the positive and
negative factors influencing the future of nuclear reactors are
taken into account, the role of such independent civil organisations
as the Hungarian Nuclear Society will be upgraded.