Commemorative Events, Publications, and Objects

Postal Stamps

Republic of Guinea
United States

About the United States Postal Stamp honoring Enrico Fermi

Perricone, Mike, "Fermi Stamp: A Chain Reaction."
Fermi News
. Volume 24, Number 2, Friday, February 2, 2001.

"Postal Service To Honor Physicist Enrico Fermi On 100th Anniversary Of His Birth."
USPS News,
Stamp Release No. 01-062, August 31, 2001


Nuclear Energy

View of site with plaques

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"Nuclear Energy", a 12-foot tall bronze sculpture by the British abstract artist Henry Moore (1898-1986), was unveiled at 3:36 p.m. on December 2, 1967, precisely 25 years after scientists at the University of Chicago achieved the first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. The sculpture stands on the site of the University's old Stagg Field West Stands, where the experiment took place in a former squash court. The team of scientists was led by Enrico Fermi.

The abstract sculpture is suggestive of the shape of a human skull or an atomic mushroom cloud. Henry Moore himself hoped those viewing it would "go around it, looking out through the open spaces, and that they may have a feeling of being in a cathedral."

Site of sculpture on campus map

More on Nuclear Energy

Interactive picture


Named for Fermi

Fermium -- Element with atomic number 100

Visit these periodic table web sites and click Fm


Anniversaries, Symposia, and More

4th Anniversary
10th Anniversary
Dedication of Research Institute
To Fermi - with Love album cover with wedding photo
Enrico Fermi Award
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To Fermi - with Love. Argonne, Ill. : Argonne National Laboratory, [1974?]
(2 sound discs : analog, 33 1/3 rpm, mono. ; 12 in.)
Side one (11.4 MB, .mp3) | Side two (11.2 MB, .mp3) | Side three (11.6 MB, .mp3) | Side four (8.6 MB, .mp3)

Fermi Remembered: A Symposium
  Enrico Fermi: The Life of a Scientist
  Atomic year 25 : the story of CP-1 : a silver anniversary documentary on the first controlled nuclear chain reaction. Argonne, Ill. : Argonne National Laboratory, [1967?]
(1 sound disc : analog, 33 1/3 rpm ; 12 in.)

The Nuclear Chain Reaction: Forty Years Later / edited by Robert G. Sachs. Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1984
Session I, HISTORY OF THE CHAIN REACTION available online: "Historical Background of the CP-1 Experiment" by Robert G. Sachs, "The First Chain Reaction" by Herbert L. Anderson, "Beginning of 1939 Science Service Press Release," "December 2, 1942: The event and the people" by Albert Wattenberg (reprinted with permission from The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, December 1982), "The Politics of Control--The Role of Chicago Scientists" by Alice Kimball Smith, and "Memories of the McMahon Act" by Edward Levi.

  The Chain Reaction: December 2, 1942 and After
An Exhibition in the Department of Special Collections,University of Chicago Library
October 1, 1992 - December 4, 1992
  Enrico Fermi and his legacy in nuclear physics: a website contest for U.S. and Italian students (commemorating the 100th anniversary of Fermi's birth)

Mertens, Richard, "Beyond the Bomb," University of Chicago Magazine, Volume 94, Number 2 (covers symposium held on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Fermi's birth)

Letters received and printed in the University of Chicago Magazine by readers of "Beyond the Bomb":

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