"Nobel laureate and scientific luminary Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was a pioneering nuclear physicist whose contributions to the field were numerous, profound, and lasting." (James W. Cronin, Fermi Remembered)

Enrico Fermi's life unfolds in images and documents, offering insights into this Nobel Prize winning scientist's childhood and youth in Rome, his university studies in Pisa, his love for mountains and sport, and his life as a scientist and teacher in Rome, New York, and Chicago.

 

Enrico Fermi: The Life of a Scientist.
Images and documents, including his Chicago years

The John Crerar Library
April 6-September 8, 2006

[this exhibit is no longer on display]

Many of the images and documents that were used in this exhibit were unpublished, coming from the photographic albums of his wife Laura Fermi and his friend, Enrico Persico, as well as the Archives and Library of the University of Pisa, the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the Fermi Archives of the Domus Galilaeana, and the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center.

Additional documents, photos, and other materials about Fermi and the nuclear chain reaction are available on a new website: http://fermi.lib.uchicago.edu

For more information please contact Barbara Kern, University of Chicago, 773-702-8717, or by e-mail to bkern_at_uchicago.edu.


Acknowledgments:

The exhibit was adapted for display at the University of Chicago Library by:

University of Chicago Organizing Committee:
James Pilcher, Director of the Enrico Fermi Institute
Kathleen Zar, Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Barbara Kern, the John Crerar Library, University of Chicago

Thanks to the University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center, the University of Chicago News Office, and the Enrico Fermi Institute who provided us with documents and images from Enrico Fermi's Chicago years. Prof. James Cronin's book Fermi Remembered was an important source of material and perspective on Fermi's Chicago years.

In collaboration with:
Enrico Fermi Institute
CAIF (Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab)
Giorgio Bellettini, Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago
Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Pisa

The University of Chicago Library received generous support for this exhibit from:

The John Crerar Foundation

Much of this material was displayed at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory thanks to the effort and support of:

Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
Italian Cultural Institute in Chicago
Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab (CAIF)

We thank the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, the Italian Cultural Institute of Chicago and the Cultural Association of Italians at Fermilab for their continued support.

The exhibit was originally created by:

Exhibit Organizing Committee
Associazione per la diffusione della cultura scientifica e tecnologica 'la Limonaia'
Dipartimento di Fisica dell'Università di Pisa
Provincia di Pisa
Comune di Pisa

Scientific Advisor
Roberto Vergara Caffarelli

Art and Graphic Designer
Theo van Boxel

Layout, Scanning and Restoration of Photographs and Documents
Fondazione Galileo Galilei

Photographs Property of
Nella and Rachel Fermi, Gabriella Sacchetti, Alessandra Raggi Persico, Nello Carrara, Roberto Vergara Caffarelli, Emma Amidei, Biblioteca Universitaria di Pisa, Università di Pisa

Documents Courtesy of
Università di Pisa, Scuola Normale Superiore, Biblioteca Universitaria, Domus Galilæana, Columbia University, Università 'La Sapienza' di Roma

Our thanks to the above groups and individuals for giving us the opportunity to display this exhibit at the University of Chicago.

Thanks to Urszula Kerkhoven, Anna Hasior, and Diana Cole, the John Crerar Library, University of Chicago for their assistance.

 

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