Atomic Pile

Atomic Pile

Atomic Pile
Stagg Field (Old) 4
II: Buildings and Grounds
Scale model of the first nuclear reactor erected beneath the west stands of the University of Chicago's Stagg Field. On December 2, 1942 (as depicted), a group of scientists under the direction of Enrico Fermi achieved the first self-sustaining chain reaction and thereby initiated a controlled release of nuclear energy. Fermi and his colleagues stood on the balcony (right) observing the instruments as these recorded the neutron intensity in the pile.
Metallurgical Laboratory, Manhattan Engineer District
Models (Representations) | Nuclear reactors | Science rooms and equipment | Manhattan Project (U.S.)
Argonne National Laboratory
Photographic prints; 17.9 x 24.0 cm
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Archival Photographic Files
University of Chicago Library, Special Collections Research Center

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