Emilio G. Segrè Biography

Emilio Gino Segrè was an Italian physicist and Nobel laureate who discovered the elements technetium and astatine, and the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle, for which he was awarded the in Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959.

Born in Tivoli, near Rome, Segrè studied engineering at the University of Rome La Sapienza before taking up physics in 1927. Segrè was appointed assistant professor of physics at the University of Rome in 1932 and worked there until 1936, becoming one of the Via Panisperna boys. From 1936 to 1938 he was Director of the Physics Laboratory at the University of Palermo. After a visit to Ernest O. Lawrence's Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, he was sent a molybdenum strip from the laboratory's cyclotron deflector in 1937 which was emitting anomalous forms of radioactivity. After careful chemical and theoretical analysis, Segrè was able to prove that some of the radiation was being produced by a previously unknown element, dubbed technetium, which was the first artificially synthesized chemical element which does not occur in nature.

In 1938, Benito Mussolini's fascist government passed anti-Semitic laws barring Jews from university positions. Source: Wikipedia

Biography Snapshot
Name:
Emilio G. Segrè
Nationality:
Italy
Profession:
Physicist
Ethnicity:
Jewish people
Date of Birth:
January 30, 1905
Astrological Sign:
Aquarius
Date of Death:
April 22, 1989
Age at Death:
84
Cause of Death:
Myocardial infarction
Marriages
Emilio G. Segrè Timeline
  • 1947-01-04
    Emilio G. Segrè and Carlo Perrier announce technetium, a previously unknown element and the first artificially synthesized chemical element
  • 1959-12-11
    Emilio G. Segrè publishes his discovery of the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1959
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