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  Timeline of the Nuclear Age 1930s  1938


Werner von Braun is appointed as the technical director of the German rocket research center at Peenemünde.

Lisa Meitner conducts experiments verifying that heavy elements capture neutrons and form unstable products, which undergo fission. This process ejects more neutrons, continuing the fission chain reaction.

Enrico Fermi received the Nobel Prize for discovering fission of uranium (actually then believed to be transuranic elements).

Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann of Germany split the uranium atom by bombarding it with neutrons and show that the elements barium and krypton are formed.