Biography: Get to Know the Nobel-Prize Winning “Pope of Physics”


Husband and wife team from University of Pennsylvania to release new book about physicist Enrico Fermi.

This article, written by Ali Sundermier, appears on Penn Current.

Penn husband-and-wife team pen biography on ‘Pope of Physics’

When Bettina Hoerlin, formerly an adjunct professor at Penn for 16 years, was a teenager, she met Italian physicist and Nobel Prize-winner Enrico Fermi on a Sunday hike with her father, Hermann Hoerlin, a physicist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.

Little did she know that many years later she would  join forces with her husband, Gino Segrè, an emeritus professor of physics at Penn, to write a biography on Fermi titled “The Pope of Physics: Enrico Fermi and the Birth of the Atomic Age.”

Entirely self-educated, Fermi was the only physicist to reach the peak of his profession as both a theorist and experimentalist. Read more at Penn Current…

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