This Day in Jewish History The Navy's 'Kindly Old Gentleman' Is Born

Chaim Rickover, who became Hyman George Rickover after immigrating to America, was the first Jewish navy officer to reach the rank of admiral and the architect of the U.S.'s nuclear navy.

January 27, 1900, is the birthdate of Hyman George Rickover, the U.S. naval officer who was responsible for the creation of the American nuclear navy. He was the first Jew to reach the senior rank of admiral.