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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.
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USA postage stamp commemorating 100th anniversary of the birth of Enrico Fermi (courtesy of US Postal Service)



Welcome to the University of Chicago Library guide to information resources on Enrico Fermi and his role in Chicago Pile No. 1 (CP-1), the experiment which resulted in the first sustained nuclear chain reaction.  This momentous experiment was shrouded in secrecy at the time it was conducted, but much information has since been made available to researchers and others interested in this event.  This guide does not include all the resources available, but is intended as a starting point.  If you have additional questions about doing research on early atomic energy, please feel free to contact me.


From the University of Chicago photographic archive

Chicago Pile 1


Photo of one layer of nuclear pile [image id: apf2-00502]

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