Sunday, December 2, 2012
Where was the first man made nuclear reaction?
70 years ago today, December 2, 1942, the first man made nuclear reaction on record, occurred under the stands of Stagg Field at the University of Chicago, in the center of what was at the time the second most populated city in America. No one was sure what would happen, but the US was at war and in need of a new weapon and a new source of power for energy independance. Yes, that political cry goes far back, further back than even the first world war. Fifteen years later to the day, December 2nd, 1957, the first nuclear power plant opened, also in the metro Chicago area. In between, above ground nuclear test by at least four nations, the US dropped two nuclear bombs on Japan, the field of nuclear medicine was born and progress made on technology that would power the first nuclear age aircraft carrier, the Enterprise, scheduled to be decommissioned this week.