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Image title: 
Laura Fermi, Sachs, and Wilson at Celebration
Credit line: 
Argonne National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Mrs. Laura Fermi, widow of physicist Enrico Fermi, cuts the cake at a ceremony held at Argonne National Laboratory to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago Pile Number 1. The cake was baked in the shape of the now-famous 'Chicago Pile,' which was built at The University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi's direction. Left to right: Mrs. Fermi, Argonne Director Robert G. Sachs, and John T. Wilson, president of The University of Chicago. This is one of the last photographs taken of Mrs. Fermi, who died December 26, 1977 at The University of Chicago's Billings Hospital.

Photo date: 
December 2, 1977
Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 10.5 x 8 inches)
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954
Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-
Wilson, John T. (John Todd)