March 28, 2017

Today in History: Nuclear Fission


Today in History–December 2–the Library of Congress features nuclear fission. On this day in 1942 Enrico Fermi oversaw the first controlled nuclear fission chain reaction under the stands of the University of Chicago’s Stagg Field. Find out more about Fermi and other scientists working on the project by visiting the Today in History section as well as the links below.

Enrico Fermi image set

Neils Bohr image set

Lise Meitner image set

J. Robert Oppenheimer image set

Letter, Franklin D. Roosevelt to J. Robert Oppenheimer

Primary Source Spotlight: Albert Einstein

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