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Sigvard Eklund

Sigvard Arne Eklund
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
In office
1 December 1961 – 30 November 1981
Preceded by W. Sterling Cole
Succeeded by Hans Blix
Personal details
Born 19 June 1911
Kiruna, Sweden
Died 30 January 2000(2000-01-30) (aged 88)
Vienna, Austria

Sigvard Arne Eklund (1911 – 2000) was a director of the International Atomic Energy Agency security council from 1961 to 1981.


Born in Kiruna, Norrbotten County, Sweden, Eklund obtained a Master of Science degree in 1936 and of Doctorate of Science in 1946 at Uppsala University. In 1937, he started working at the Nobel Institute of Physics as an assistant scientist. He was later promoted to senior scientist, and stayed at the Institute until 1945.

From 1946 to 1950, Eklund was a senior scientist at the Research Institute for National Defence in Stockholm. He was Assistant Professor of Nuclear Physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm from 1946 to 1956. From 1950 to 1956, he was Director of Research at the Swedish Atomic Energy Company (AB Atomenergi, Stockholm).

Starting in 1950, Eklund was the deputy to the managing director of AB Atomenergi. He was also the director of the reactor development division at AB Atomenergi from 1957 to 1961. In 1957, he was Secretary General for the Second International United Nations Conference on the Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy. He was appointed as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency in 1961.

He was elected a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 1953. He received the American Atoms for Peace Award in 1968.


Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
W. Sterling Cole
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
1961 – 1981
Succeeded by
Hans Blix

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