Enrico Fermi is considered to have invented nuclear power, along with his colleagues at the University of Chicago in 1942, by successfully demonstrating the first controlled self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction. His experiment using uranium isotopes showed that the neutrons released by splitting an atom could go on to split other atoms and released other neutrons. Fermi's group built the first nuclear reactor based on their discovery.
The 1940s saw a great amount of advancement in knowledge and use of nuclear power. Three years after Fermi's experiments, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to force a Japanese surrender and end World War II. In 1946, the Oak Ridge Laboratory in Tennessee created the first nuclear power produced radioisotopes for use by civilians. Plans to commercialize nuclear power for electricity began in 1948.Learn More
In 1934, physicist Enrico Fermi discovered nuclear fission through his research and experiments. He forced together neutrons with uranium atoms and noticed that the product was lighter than that of uranium.Full Answer >
Physicists Enrico Fermi and Leo Szilard hold the first patent for a nuclear reactor. The patent was published in 1955, although the invention was based on work the two did in 1938 concerning atomic bombardment of uranium with neutrons.Full Answer >
It is generally considered that Ryan McLatchy created yoga pants. These pants evolved from loose-fitting, flowing clothing to the tight, stretch fit commonly found in yoga studios all over the world.Full Answer >
Martin Ohm is considered to be the golden ratio inventor, according to MathWorld, as he first used the term "golden section" in 1835. The golden ratio is a value such that x / 1 = 1 / (1 - x).Full Answer >