Louis Slotin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Slotin slipped while playing with a beryllium reflector and a plutonium atom bomb core, causing it to go prompt critical and release a huge burst of radiation. He died 9 days later of radiation poisoning.
Haroutune Krikor Daghlian, Jr. (May 4, 1921 – September 15, 1945) was an American physicist with the Manhattan Project who accidentally irradiated himself on August 21, 1945, during a critical mass experiment at the remote Omega Site facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, resulting in his death 25 days later.
The Demon Core: Appropriately Named? In light of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, much attention has been given to the effects of prolonged exposure to radiation. In order to gauge just how catastrophic (if not rare) this can be, one needn't look any further than the Plutonium core (which has tellingly been dubbed the "demon core") disaster(s)that took place during the second world war. Read all about these incidents, and see how they impacted the way the worl