Earle and Akie Reynolds Archive

abomb Earle Reynolds - Anthropologist, Quaker, and world-renowned peace activist who skippered the yacht Phoenix into waters in the South Pacific declared off limits during the 1958 Eniwetok Atoll nuclear bomb tests. His action ended in immediate arrest, but the resulting trials and ultimate acquittal brought international attention to the activities of the U. S. government's Atomic Energy Commission, one of his former employers. Forced to leave Japan, where he had been asked to move originally as a scientist to study the effects of the nuclear bomb blast over Hiroshima, Earle and his second wife Akie sailed for California, settling in the Santa Cruz area. There he remained very active, teaching at both Cabrillo College and the University of California at Santa Cruz, giving lecture tours, and attending protest actions aimed at nuclear power and weapons.