Neely Nuclear Research Center

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Neely Nuclear Research Center
Neely Nuclear Reactor.jpg
Former namesNeely Research Reactor
Georgia Tech Research Reactor
General information
Location Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Address900 Atlantic Drive NW
Coordinates 33°46′47″N 84°23′53″W / 33.779609°N 84.39815°W / 33.779609; -84.39815
Latitude and Longitude:

33°46′47″N 84°23′53″W / 33.779609°N 84.39815°W / 33.779609; -84.39815
Current tenantsNuclear and Radiological Engineering Program
Georgia Tech Research Institute
Owner Georgia Institute of Technology
Technical details
Floor count1

The Frank H. Neely Nuclear Research Center, also known as the Neely Research Reactor and the Georgia Tech Research Reactor was a nuclear engineering research center on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, which housed a 5 megawatt heavy water moderated and cooled research reactor from 1961 until 1995. [1] It was decommissioned in November 1999. [2] The building that housed the reactor was demolished to make way for the Marcus Nanotechnology Research Center.

The center is named for Frank H. Neely, a Georgia Tech graduate and businessman who organized the first Georgia Nuclear Advisory Commission, an essential step in the creation of the reactor and associated facilities. [3]


The center and associated reactor was built after campus president Blake R. Van Leer appointed a Nuclear Science Committee, which included Georgia Tech Research Institute director James E. Boyd. [4] [5]

The committee recommended the creation of a Radioisotopes Laboratory Facility and a large research reactor. The laboratory was built and dedicated on January 7, 1959, and could receive, store, and process radioactive materials. [4] The research reactor would be completed in 1963.

The reactor was shut down in 1988 due to safety concerns, [6] and was defueled due to safety concerns related to the nearby 1996 Summer Olympics events. [4]

The reactor building was torn down after the decommissioning, with the remainder removed as of 2015.

The former site of the Neely Nuclear Research Center


  1. ^ "History of the Georgia Tech Research Reactor" (PDF). Georgia Institute of Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-21. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  2. ^ "Research Reactor Decommissioning" (PDF). CH2M HILL. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-03-11. Retrieved 2017-11-21.
  3. ^ "Frank H. Neely Papers". Georgia Tech Library. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  4. ^ a b c "James E. Boyd" (PDF). Georgia Institute of Technology. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  5. ^ "History Makers". Georgia Tech Research Institute. Archived from the original on 2010-06-16. Retrieved 2010-03-25.
  6. ^ "Georgia Tech Closes Its Reactor, Citing Continued Safety Concerns". The New York Times. 1988-02-16. Retrieved 2010-03-29.

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