Enrico Fermi

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Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi was one of the most illustrious figures in 20th century science. His brilliant and remarkable contributions led to his inevitable fame. Enrico Fermi took part in one of the most vital scientific movements ever to occur. Historians even called this period of time, 1938-1942, the era of invention. This rapid scientific movement was named the era of invention because many things such as radios, televisions, transmitters, nuclear reactors, and nuclear warfare devices were created. Furthermore, physical and scientific knowledge was increasing at such a high rate that scientific statements such as theories, laws, and hypotheses were being isolated into completely different concepts.

Enrico Fermi was born in Rome on September 29, 1901. His father, Alberto Fermi greatly influenced Enrico to become a physicist during his younger years. Alberto saw Enrico's potential to become a physicist when Enrico was enrolled in mathematics and physics classics in the grammar school he attended.

Enrico was awarded a scholarship from the Italian government due to his excellent achievements in physics as a student. Fermi moved from place to place which indicated that he studied mathematics and physics in many colleges throughout Italy. To emphasize how great he was in physics, he was elected Professor of Theoretical Physics in the University of Rome, one of the best colleges in Italy at the time. Shortly after, he immigrated to America in order to evade Mussolini's treacherous dictatorship.

In America, Fermi discovered what was known as statistical laws, now known as Fermi statistics, which related to an experiment that involved governing particles in the "Exclusion Principle." Fermi was involved in studying theoretical investigations and electrodynamics problems in occurring phenomena. This meant that he scrutinized the electrons of an atom, but his career in physics swiftly changed when he focused himself on the nucleus...