On December 2, 1942, Enrico Fermi and a small team started, controlled and stopped the first fission chain reaction in a graphite/uranium pile in a squash court under the stands at a defunct football stadium at the University of Chicago. On December 2, 1957, the Shippingport Atomic Power Plant began full power operation. It was the first commercial nuclear power plant built in the US. Shippingport was a public-private partnership with the design and general contracting handled by the same organization that built the Nautilus nuclear powered submarine, Naval Reactors.
About Rod Adams
Rod Adams is an atomic energy expert with small nuclear plant operating and design experience, now serving as a Managing Partner at Nucleation Capital, an emerging climate-focused fund. Rod, a former submarine Engineer Officer and founder of Adams Atomic Engines, Inc., one of the earliest advanced nuclear ventures, has engaged in technical, strategic, political, historic and financial discussion and analysis of the nuclear industry, its technology and policies for several decades. He is the founder of Atomic Insights and host and producer of The Atomic Show Podcast.
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