Origin of Famous Inventions and Inventors: Atomic Bomb
About the origin of the invention of the atomic bomb, history of how inventors Enrico Fermi, Albert Einstein and R. Oppenheimer devised the bomb during World War II.
THE INVENTION: Atomic Bomb (1945)
THE INVENTORS: Enrico Fermi, Italy and U.S.; Albert Einstein, Ger. and U.S.; J. R. Oppenheimer, U.S.; et al.
In 1934, physicist Enrico Fermi, who had come to the U.S. to escape Fascism in Italy, bombarded radioactive nuclei and achieved results he found hard to explain. He seemed to have created elements that didn't exist naturally. Five years later, when scientists fleeing Nazi Germany brought news that the Germans had achieved nuclear fission using uranium, Fermi realized he had split the uranium atom in 1934. Certainly, for both sides, Albert Einstein's E=MC2 theory had shown the way to the atom bomb.
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