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By Emilio Segrè

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 gradual neutrons and used to be appointed director of the collage of Palermo’s physics laboratory in 1936. whereas vacationing the Radiation Laboratory in Berkeley, California in 1938, he realized that he have been pushed aside from his Palermo submit 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 hitch Oppenheimer at Los Alamos, the place he grew to become a bunch chief at the long island venture. 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 till 1972.

“[A] readable, soaking up, attention-grabbing autobiography... A beneficial contribution by way of anyone who witnessed the advance 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 loss of life in 1989 — of his own existence and his existence in physics... it's soaking up, relocating in locations and often revealing. Segrè famous in his preface, ‘I haven't sought to demonstrate manners and tact I by no means had, and i've attempted to regard myself no higher than anybody 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 without doubt one of the so much personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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