Nuclear Fission

  • Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, and Fritz Strassmann Split Uranium Atom

    Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner, and Fritz Strassmann Split Uranium Atom
    Fission was discovered.
  • Einstein Delivers Letter to President Roosevelt

    Written by Eugene Wigner and Leo Szilard, the letter meant to bring FDR's attention to the military capabilities of Nuclear Fission.
  • First Controlled, Self-Sustaining Nuclear Reaction

    Done at the University of Chicago by a team headed by Enrico Fermi.
  • Bombing of Hiroshima

    US drops atomic bomb on Japan.
  • Bombing of Nagasaki

    Bombing of Nagasaki
    US drops another atomic bomb on japan.
  • Atomic Energy Act

    Established the American Atomic Energy Commision. Defined how nuclear power would be regulated in the US.
  • Plans to Commercialize Nuclear Power

    Westinghouse Corporation begins building Bettis Atomic Power Laboratory in Pennsylvania.
  • First Useable Amounts of Electricity Generated by Nuclear Power

    Experimental Breeder Reactor No.1 lights three light bulbs with electricity from nuclear power.
  • Atomic Energy Act of 1954

    Allowed private companies to license the right ro use nuclear materials, build, and operate nuclear power plants.
  • USS Nautilus SSN 571

    USS Nautilus SSN 571
    First Nuclear Powered Submarine
  • Borax III Reactor

    Arco, Idaho becomes first town in the world to receive all of its power from Nuclear Energy.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
    Started with 18 member states to promote peaceful use of Atomic Energy.
  • Zero Power Physics Reactor

    Test facility to test on a very small scale new nuclear technology.
  • Energy Reorganization Act of 1974

    Split the Atomic Energy Commission into the Energy Research and Development Administration and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
  • Three Mile Island Nuclear Accident

    Nuclear power plant explodes.
  • Fukushima Nuclear Crisis

    Fukushima Nuclear Crisis
    Nuclear plant in Japna explodes.
  • NuScale Expects to Have a Plant in Production After Receiving Approval by NRC

    NuScale wants to build a clean nuclear power plant.
  • Westinghouse Expects Their First Modular Nuclear Reactor to Generate Electricity

    First water plant to generate electricity.