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By Emilio Segrè

Born in Italy to a well-to-do Jewish relations, Emilio Segrè (1905-1989) grew to become Enrico Fermi’s first graduate pupil in 1928, contributed to the invention of sluggish neutrons and used to be 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 brushed aside from his Palermo publish 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 gaggle chief at the new york 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, fascinating autobiography... A worthwhile contribution through anyone who witnessed the improvement of a lot of contemporary nuclear physics. Segrè’s description of the old neutron experiments played in Rome throughout the mid-1930s by way of Enrico Fermi’s staff, of which Segrè was once a member, is of inestimable worth.” — Glenn T. Seaborg, Physics Today

“A brain continually in movement is Emilio Segrè’s account — released 4 years after his demise in 1989 — of his own lifestyles and his existence in physics... it truly is soaking up, relocating in areas and often 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 anyone 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 such a lot personable witnesses.” — Publishers Weekly

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