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Fermi, Enrico

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Born: 1901 AD
Died: 1954 AD, at 53 years of age.

Nationality: Italian
Categories: Physicists

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1901 – Born on the 29th day of September this year in Rome, Italy.

 

1915 – His brother Guilio died of throat abscess this year, which immersed himself into scientific study to distract himself.

 

1924 – Spent a semester in Göttingen, and then stayed for a few months in Leiden with Paul Ehrenfest.

 

1925 - From January of this year to the autumn of 1926, he stayed at the University of Florence.  He was a principal developer of Quantum Theory.

 

1928 – Married Laura Capon and later had a son Giulio ("Judd") Fermi.

 

1938 – Won the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity.

 

1939 – His report on beta decay was published on January 16 of this year.

 

1944 – Moved to Los Alamos in the later stages of the Manhattan Project to serve as a general consultant. He was sitting in the control room of the Hanford B Reactor when it first went critical. He became a naturalized citizen of the United States of America in this year too.

 

1954 – Passed away at age 53 on the 28th day of November this year, due to stomach cancer in Chicago, Illinois and was interred there in Oak Woods Cemetery.


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