Jeremy Whitlock Nuclear Engineering

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Jeremy Whitlock grew up in the Ottawa Valley, Canada's heartland for nuclear research and stepdancing. He is a reactor physicist at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.'s (AECL) Chalk River Laboratories, and currently the Manager of Non-Proliferation and Safeguards. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Nuclear Society (F.C.N.S.), as well as a Past President and a member of the Board of Directors (he is also a past Board Member of the American Nuclear Society, ANS). Whitlock is a specialist in CANDU reactor physics (CANDU is Canada's major commercial nuclear reactor technology). He maintains a personal website addressing "frequently-asked-questions" (FAQs) about nuclear power in Canada, at

Whitlock is a public speaker and author on nuclear issues (including a regular column in the Bulletin of the Canadian Nuclear Society), as well as the art of effective public communication in science and technology. He lives with his wife and three children in Deep River, Ontario, and feels that canoes are the closest humans have come to inventing a perfect machine.The Person

Deep River, Ontario
Other Interests
Canoes, playing in bands, cross-country skiing, geology and history.
Reactor Physicist
Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., Ottawa
  • PhD (Engineering Physics) McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • Education and Communication Award from the Canadian Nuclear Society, 1999
Last Updated
January 26, 2010

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If splitting the atom can create a huge amount of energy, then why isn't it used to power engines instead of petrol?

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