History of Nuclear Energy

Nuclear energy is the process of splitting atoms to make energy


Discovery of splitting a uranium nucleus

1938 - 1939

Two German scientists discovered they could split a uranium nucleus by "Bombarding it" with neutrons.

Development of the atom bomb

1939 - 1945

Over 1939-45, most development was focused on the atom bomb

Nuclear power used in World War II

1940 - 1941

Nuclear fission was first used in World War II

Nuclear energy discovered

1942 - 1943

In 1942, a group of Italian physicists noticed they could create energy by using nuclear fission

Harnessing nuclear energy

1945 - 1946

From 1945 harnessing energy in a controlled fashion for naval propulsion and for making electricity

Technological evolution

1956 - 1957

Since 1956 the prime focus has been on the technological evolution of reliable nuclear power plants