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 (rĭk′ō′vər), Hyman George 1900-1986.
American admiral who advocated and greatly contributed to the development of nuclear submarines and ships. He was also an outspoken critic of the American educational system.
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(ˈrɪk oʊ vər)

Hyman George, 1900–86, U.S. naval officer, born in Poland: helped to develop the nuclear submarine.
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One of America's most enduring leaders was Hyman Rickover. For more than 30 years, Rickover headed Naval Reactors, an organization that was responsible not only for building the nuclear navy, but also for spawning and nurturing the commercial nuclear power industry.
Admiral and education reformer Hyman Rickover exhorted: "Let us never forget that there can be no second place in a contest with Russia and that there will be no second chance if we lose." For the first time, schools were seen as an integral part of national security.
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Rickover created a new culture for the nuclear Navy which is clearly a crucial source of reliability, but it is also in tension with the older naval and submarine traditions.
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All the while, supporters of progressive education remained on the defensive, with a reputable figure like Arthur Bestor of the University of Illinois terming the nation's schools Educational Wastelands (1953) and with Admiral Hyman Rickover charging that Americans had lost their competitive spirit owing to "the soft pedagogy of John Dewey".