Physics Colloquium

3:30–4:30 pm Maria Goeppert-Mayer Lecture Hall

Kersten Physics Teaching Center
Room 106
5720 S. Ellis Avenue

Fermi, Szilard, and the First Chain Reaction
William Lanouette, Atomic Heritage Expert and Author

Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard share the patent for creating the world’s first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction; achieved December 2nd, 1942 at the University of Chicago. The more famous Fermi, a Nobel laureate in physics and distinguished professor, receives most of the credit for this historic achievement. Yet Szilard’s little-known discoveries and designs – both to construct and to control their reactor – proved to be essential keys to their success.

Event Type

Colloquia and Lectures

Feb 13