Enrico Fermi (1901 - 1954)

Enrico Fermi Photo

Enrico Fermi was born in Rome, Italy. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for the theory of beta-ray disintegration. He led the Manhattan Project's effort to create the first man-made and self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction.

After the war Fermi continued as a University of Chicago professor. He died of cancer in Chicago on November 28, 1954.

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