A portrait of physicist and Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago, c. 1940.
As part of the
during World War II,
led the team that built
the first atomic reactor,
Chicago Pile-1, and
produced the first artificial
self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction on December 2, 1942, in an
abandoned squash court under the grandstands of the since-demolished Stagg Field at the University of Chicago. Fermi
National Accelerator Laboratory
is named for him.
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