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

Enrico Fermi

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.

"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.

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://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/fermi