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Site of the First Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction

Chicago, Illinois
County of Cook.
S. Ellis Avenue between E. 56th and 57th Streets
National Register Number: 66000314
Resource type: Site.
Property type: Education - research facility. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Congressional District: IL-1 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: Site is marked by a Henry Moore Sculpture, "Nuclear Energy".

Statement of Significance (as of designation - February 18, 1965):
Here, on December 2, 1942, a small group of scientists under the supervision of Nobel laureate (1938) Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) achieved for the first time the controlled release of nuclear energy.

There is no threat to the landmark at this time.

There are no changes since the last reporting period (2004).

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