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Fermi

Enrico . 1901--54, Italian nuclear physicist, in the US from 1939. He was awarded a Nobel prize for physics in 1938 for his work on radioactive substances and nuclear bombardment and headed the group that produced the first controlled nuclear reaction (1942)

fermi

[′fer·mē]
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The authors are helpfully clear when explaining in lay terms not only the originality of Fermi's scientific discoveries, but also how they fostered and fit into advances being made elsewhere.
When holding a state professorship in Italy, Fermi became carefully apolitical as Mussolini's fascism gripped the country.
This biography is rich with dramatic events, including Fermi's chancy escape from fascist Italy.
Fermi loved both the science and the social setting at Columbia.
Although Fermi preferred to avoid politics, he was drawn into debates about how nuclear weapons might be used and controlled.
Fermi was drawn into politics again in 1954, when he testified in support of J.