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Site of the First Self-sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction

December 2, 1942

 
 
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October 20, 2013
1. Site of the First Self-sustaining Controlled Nuclear Chain Reaction Marker
Inscription. Physicist Enrico Fermi and his colleagues established the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear reaction in makeshift laboratories constructed under the grandstands of Stagg Field Stadium on December 2, 1942. The success of this experiment ushered in the atomic age, opening tremendous potential to modern science.
 
Erected by Commission on Chicago Historical and Architectural Landmarks.
 
Location. 41° 47.551′ N, 87° 36.074′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on South Ellis Avenue north of East 57th Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chicago IL 60637, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Confederate Mound Monument (approx. 1.8 miles away); Victory, World War I Black Soldiers’ Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); The Platt Luggage Building (approx. 4.3 miles away); American Book Company Building (approx. 4.3 miles away); Wheeler–Kohn House (approx. 4.4 miles away); The Nine Dragon Wall in Chicago’s Chinatown (approx. 4.5 miles away); Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); Visionary (approx. 4.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceScience & MedicineWar, World II
 
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October 20, 2013
2. Nuclear Energy
Henry Moore sculpted this memorial to Chicago Pile-1, the world's first functional nuclear reactor.
 
 
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