W. Sterling Cole

American politician (1904-1987)

William Sterling Cole (April 18, 1904 – March 15, 1987) was an American politician, lawyer and civil servant, who served as the first Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1957 to 1961. Before his appointment to the IAEA he was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York.

William Sterling Cole in 1958


  • It is more sinful to conceal the power of the atom than it is to reveal it.
    • Statement, 9 March 1954. Quoted in Peter G Boyle's The Churchill-Eisenhower Correspondence 1953-55
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