The first nuclear reactor, Chicago Pile-1, was built in 1942. Test your knowledge of the early years of atomic power.

Quiz: The First Nuclear Reactors

Feb 26, 2021


In 1942, physicist Enrico Fermi designed and oversaw the building of Chicago Pile-1, and nuclear power was born. A lot has happened over nearly 80 years, but nuclear still retains its initial promise of an energy source that can power society without producing pollution. Test what you know about the early days of nuclear power in this quiz.


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