The Niels Bohr Archive's Friday 14 November 1997 at 14:15
History of Science Seminar Auditorium A, Niels Bohr Institute
Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen
Uppsala University, Sweden
Neutral Nuclear Policy?
Torsten Gustafson, Tage Erlander and Niels Bohr
The talk deals with nuclear policy in 1945-1953, especially as it relates to the
Swedish nuclear energy program. It gives special attention to the relationship
between the Swedish theoretical physicist Torsten Gustafson and the Swedish
Prime Minister Tage Erlander. The main emphasis will be on how the Swedish
attitude was perceived within the framework of international nuclear policy.
One main topic concerns how, for several years, uranium sources and their
control determined much of the overall foreign and security policy. In this
period, the large Swedish uranium sources and Sweden's neutrality policy thus
constituted the most important background for Sweden's role in international
Gustafson, an old friend of Erlander, took active part in developing the
Swedish nuclar energy program, for example by using his scientific contacts,
especially Niels Bohr. The second part of the talk will examine the
interactions between Bohr, Gustafson and Erlander, the latter always being
anxious to have Bohr's opinions on nuclear policy.