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By Emilio Segrè

Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish kinfolk, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) turned Enrico Fermi’s first graduate pupil in 1928, contributed to the invention of sluggish neutrons and was once appointed director of the college of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas traveling the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he realized that he have been pushed aside from his Palermo put up by way 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 was once one of many first to affix Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he turned a bunch chief at the ny venture. In 1959, he gained the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the antiproton. He used to be a professor of physics at UC Berkeley from 1946 until eventually 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, attention-grabbing autobiography... A beneficial contribution by means of somebody who witnessed the improvement of a lot of contemporary nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the ancient neutron experiments played in Rome in the course of the mid-1930s via Enrico Fermi’s staff, of which Segrè used to be a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

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

“For normal readers with an curiosity within the historical past of nuclear physics, Segrè... is likely one of the such a lot personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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