Enrico Fermi (29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian physicist, particularly remembered for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics. Awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for his work on induced radioactivity, Fermi is widely regarded as one of the leading scientists of the 20th century, highly accomplished in both theory and experiment.

The Enrico Fermi Nuclear Generating Station is named after him.

In 1933, Fermi taught a course in quantum electrodynamics at the University of Michigan. His celebrated article “Reviews of Modern Physics” was based on this course.


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