Double Victory: Minorities and Women During World War II
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Enrico Fermi with particle accelerator



Enrico Fermi seated at the control panel of a particle accelerator, the "world's most powerful atom smasher." A Nobel laureate, Fermi refined the process of nuclear fission. His work led to the development of nuclear reactors and the Manhattan Project, which produced the atomic bombs dropped on Japan.

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