Argonne National Laboratory

CP-1 Anniversary: Nuclear Pioneers Remember the Dawn of the Nuclear Age

On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 went critical and produced the world's first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction. Seventy years later, two of the last surviving CP-1 pioneers, Harold Agnew and Warren Nyer, recall that historic day.

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