Former Directors General
Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General from 1997 to 2009
Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei served as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), an intergovernmental organization that is part of the United Nations system, from December 1997 to November 2009. Dr. ElBaradei started his term of office on 1 December 1997, succeeding Hans Blix of Sweden. He was re-elected for two more four-year terms in 2001 and 2005. In October 2005, Dr. ElBaradei and the IAEA were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way." His third and last term ended in November 2009.
(Note: Please click on this icon to access the archived website, "Director General's Corner - Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei". The Director General's Corner appears here as it did on the final day of Dr. ElBaradei's term in office, 30 November 2009, and is no longer updated.)
Hans Blix, IAEA Director General from 1981 to 1997
Dr. Hans Blix of Sweden, IAEA Director General from 1981 to 1997, guided the Agency through the Chernobyl disaster, revelations of a clandestine nuclear weapons program in Iraq and the DPRK's safeguards violations. Under his direction, the framework for strengthened safeguards was established, and the international legal regime for nuclear energy was bolstered.
Sigvard Eklund, IAEA Director General from 1961 to 1981
Dr. Sigvard Eklund, a distinguished Swedish scientist, was first appointed IAEA Director General in 1961. He was reappointed four more times in 1965, 1969, 1974 and 1977, holding the post for twenty consecutive years until he retired and was named Director General Emeritus. During his tenure the main scientific and technical programs, including supporting research and analytical laboratories, were established and developed.
Sterling Cole, IAEA Director General from 1957 to 1961
Mr. Sterling Cole of the United States was the first IAEA Director General. He headed the Agency during its formative years, serving from 1957 until 1961. As U.S. Congressman, he served as the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Atomic Energy of the U.S. Congress.