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THE FIRST NUKE REACTOR.

THERE MAY BE AN ERROR in Landings in the February/March 2017 issue. In the "In A Nutshell" block among the reasons to visit in the "Why" is "The world's first nuclear reactor." Author Robert Gabrick may have accidentally conflated the presence of a reactor on site with the articles he mentioned from the University of Chicago. The first Atomic Pile, the original term for a nuclear reactor, was built by Enrico Fermi and his team in the tunnels under the football stadium at the University of Chicago in 1942. To further confuse matters is the fact that Fermi was already working for the Manhattan Project at that time and was at Oak Ridge when the X-10 Reactor went on line in 1943.

Vince Murphy

Lincoln, Nebraska

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Title Annotation:V-MAIL
Author:Murphy, Vince
Publication:America in WWII
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Dec 1, 2017
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