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1903 - Enrico Fermi is born in Rome, Italy

September 29, 1903

1924 - Fermi takes a professorship at the University of Rome

1924

1929 - Fermi is appointed to the Royal Academy of Italy

1929

1934 - Fermi publishes his theory on beta decay

1934

1938 - Fermi receives the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work with radioactivity

December 10, 1938

1939 - Fermi arrives in New York to begin a new life in the United States

January 2, 1939

1942 - Fermi moves to Chicago to work on the "Manhattan Project"

1942

1942 - Fermi creates the first artificial self-sustaining nuclear chain reaction

December 2, 1942

1944 - Fermi becomes a U.S. citizen

1944

1944 - Fermi goes to Los Alamos to continue work with the Manhattan Project

July 1944

1945 - Fermi witnesses the "Trinity Test" in Los Alamos

July 16, 1945

1954 - Fermi dies in Chicago, Illinois

November 28, 1954