Um, Yes. Ah, he was from the very beginning,
at the very first Geneva Conference in 1955, extremely optimistic about the
possibilities of nuclear fusion as a source of energy. And he made a speech
at that time that was carried all around the world announcing,
you know, the, the potential of nuclear fusion. He oversold it, ah. He was a
very what's the word, positive I wouldn't quite say
flamboyant but close to egotistical very capable
scientist, He had a rather semi–regal bearing about him. Ummm, you
know came into a room with his shoulders back, and arms moving and come
up to a group to talk, and uhm, as if he were in charge. He was a
very positive personality. I had a fight with him at the very first meeting.
When I say fight, I don't mean literally physical but a battle of
words, at the very first meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency
in Vienna that I attended because I supported Sigvard Eklund
to be the Director General. And the Soviets and the Indians opposed him. And
this was a rather pitched battle. Bhaba told me that
if I persisted in my support of Eklund, in the face of the Soviet
opposition, this would lead to the break up, the demise, of the IAEA. So I
had that decision to make. I decided that he was bluffing and that I would
go ahead and support Eklund who I thought was the best qualified
person, and did. And the Soviet delegate walked out after the vote when
Eklund was elected with the implication that the Soviet Union was
walking out of the IAEA and would never come back, but they were back the
next year they were back, and forgotten about it entirely. But...
that was an interesting confrontation that I had with Bhaba. In general, I
had good relations with him. I met him in many places. I remember once
having breakfast with him in, in England. He was trying to convince me of
some, some action that was pending in the IAEA that he was supporting.
I don't happen to remember which one it was, and I saw a good deal of
him. He visited me in Washington. I, of course have known him ever
since that 1955 first Geneva Conference when he played such a such a
role in it.