Lead: Scientists had discovered the atom's nucleus, had determined that it was made of protons and neutrons and had split it, but it remained to put these discoveries to use. In the early 1940s, a team under Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago set out to create a sustained nuclear reaction.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: From an early age, Enrico Fermi demonstrated a quick grasp of science. Born in Rome, as a child he began to read everything on which he could get his hands. His entrance exam to college was considered prodigious and within eight years after high school he had received his doctorate and was the youngest full professor in the history of the University of Rome. Fermi combined a deep interest in theoretical physics with a practical orientation toward experimenting. Having both tendencies was rare.


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