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.
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Atomic energy expert with small nuclear plant operating and design experience. Financial, strategic, and political analyst. Former submarine Engineer Officer. Founder, Adams Atomic Engines, Inc. Host and producer, The Atomic Show Podcast. Resume available here.
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