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ID photo of Enrico Fermi, Los Alamos

ID photo of Enrico Fermi, Los Alamos

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DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID PARKER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Enrico Fermi. Identity photograph of Italian physicist Enrico Fermi (1901-1954), from the security files of the Los Alamos laboratory in 1943-45. As one of the greatest nuclear physicists of his day and winner of the 1938 Nobel Prize for physics, Fermi was a natural choice to work on the first nuclear bomb. He had directed the building of the first atomic pile in Chicago in 1942, and was an expert on neutron dynamics, a crucial part of chain reaction theory. Fermi joined the staff at Los Alamos in late 1944, and was given a research division of his own. After the war, Fermi took a professorship at Chicago, but in 1954 he died of cancer.

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