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CP-1 70th Anniversary Symposium

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Published on Jul 11, 2012

On December 2, 1942, 49 scientists, led by Enrico Fermi, made history when Chicago Pile 1 (CP-1) went critical and produced the world's first self-sustaining, controlled nuclear chain reaction. Seventy years later, Argonne National Laboratory hosted a special symposium to celebrate the event. One of few surviving CP-1 pioneers, Harold Agnew, shared his remembrances of working with Fermi and the birth of atomic energy. Len Koch, a leader in developing Argonne's Experimental Breeder Reactor I (EBR-1), the first nuclear reactor to produce electricity from a plutonium core, also shared his memories of working at Argonne during the heyday of nuclear research.

For more information, read the article about the Argonne symposium titled "Dawn of the Nuclear Age" (http://www.ne.anl.gov/About/headlines...)

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