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Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish relatives, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) turned Enrico Fermi’s first graduate scholar in 1928, contributed to the invention of sluggish neutrons and was once appointed director of the collage of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas traveling the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he discovered that he have been pushed aside from his Palermo put up by means of Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Ernest O. Lawrence employed him to paintings at the cyclotron at Berkeley with Luis Alvarez, Edwin McMillan, and Glenn Seaborg. Segrè used to be one of many first to affix Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he turned a gaggle chief at the ny venture. In 1959, he received the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the antiproton. He used to be a professor of physics at UC Berkeley from 1946 till 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, attention-grabbing autobiography... A important contribution through somebody who witnessed the advance of a lot of recent nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the old neutron experiments played in Rome in the course of the mid-1930s via Enrico Fermi’s team, of which Segrè was once a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

“A brain consistently in movement is Emilio Segrè’s account — released 4 years after his dying in 1989 — of his own existence and his existence in physics... it truly is soaking up, relocating in areas and regularly revealing. Segrè famous in his preface, ‘I haven't sought to show manners and tact I by no means had, and i've attempted to regard myself no larger than anybody else.’ He ably succeeded in those purposes.” — Daniel J. Kevles, Nature

“For common readers with an curiosity within the heritage of nuclear physics, Segrè... is without doubt one of the such a lot personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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