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By Emilio Segrè

Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish kinfolk, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) grew to become Enrico Fermi’s first graduate scholar in 1928, contributed to the invention of gradual neutrons and used to be appointed director of the collage of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas traveling the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he realized that he were pushed aside from his Palermo submit via 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 hitch Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he grew to become a gaggle chief at the long island undertaking. In 1959, he gained the Nobel Prize in physics for the invention of the antiproton. He was once a professor of physics at UC Berkeley from 1946 until eventually 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, attention-grabbing autobiography... A helpful contribution through an individual who witnessed the advance of a lot of contemporary nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the historical neutron experiments played in Rome through the mid-1930s by means of Enrico Fermi’s crew, of which Segrè was once a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

“A brain continuously in movement is Emilio Segrè’s account — released 4 years after his dying 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 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 background of nuclear physics, Segrè... is likely one of the so much personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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