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Enrico Fermi and the Nuclear Chain Reaction

Featuring information about the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction (chain reaction) and the role of Enrico Fermi. Includes links to resources in the University of Chicago Library collections and to a variety of web resources.

Images from the archives

CP1 photo

Sketch of CP-1 experiment
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CP1 apparatus photo

Photo of one layer of nuclear
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4th anniversary gathering

4th Anniversary Reunion of
the Atomic Scientists
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10th anniversary gathering

10th Anniversary Reunion of the Atomic Scientists
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Research institutes dedication

Dedication of Research Institutes
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Nuclear Energy dedication

Dedication of Nuclear Energy sculpture
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Scientists who worked on CP1

Group portrait of scientists who worked on nuclear experiment
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20th anniversary

Group portrait taken on occasion of 20th Anniversary of chain reaction
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Unveiling the plaque on Stagg Field stands

Unveiling plaque honoring first controlled nuclear chain reaction
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Laying cornerstone

Cornerstone laying ceremony for Research Institutes
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Mrs. Fermi

Mrs. Fermi with dignitaries at 20th Anniversary Reunion
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West stands of Stagg Field

Converted squash court under West Stands of Stagg Field
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plaque on Stagg Field

Plaque on West Stands of Stagg Field
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cosmic ray balloons

Cosmic radiation balloon experiment
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cosmic ray balloons

Cosmic radiation balloon experiment
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sketch of apparatus

Sketch of Chicago Pile 1 experiment
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scale model

Scale model of nuclear pile experimental setup
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Nuclear Energy installed

View of Nuclear Energy by Henry Moore
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