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Emilio Segrè lectures and other collected recordings, 1968-1997

Description of Collection


American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives.

Papers created by

Segrè, Emilio.

Size of collection

2.25 linear feet
2 records boxes;
1 half manuscript box

Short description of collection

Collection of audio, video and film recordings of Emilio Segrè.

Language(s) of collection


Collection number:


Biographical Note

Emilio Gino Segrè (1905-1989), Italian physicist and Nobel laureate in physics. University of Rome, Ph.D. (physics), 1928, studying under Enrico Fermi. Assistant professor of physics, University of Rome (1932-1936); director of the Physics Laboratory, University of Palermo (1936-1938); research assistant, Berkeley Radiation Lab and lecturer in the physics department, University of California, Berkeley; Los Alamos National Laboratory, group leader for the Manhattan Project (1943-1946); professor of physics and history of science, University of California, Berkeley (1946-1972); University of Rome, professor of nuclear physics (1974- ). Discoverer of the element technicium, co-discoverer of astatine adn the isotope plutonium-239, and co-discoverer, along with Owen Chamberlain, of antiprotons. Segrè was also an active photographer and took many photos documenting events and people in the history of modern science. The American Institute of Physics named its photographic archive of physics history in his honor.

Scope and Contents of Collection

This collection contains audio, film and video recordings of lectures given by and interviews with Emilio Segrè, as well as some informal and/or family recordings. The collection also includes recordings of Emilio Segrè Memorial Lectures, given by physicists such as Wolfgang Panofsky, Hans Bethe, McMillan, Rutherford, and Joseph Taylor.

Restrictions on Use and Access

Researchers must have an approved access application on file in order to access archival materials.

Selected Search Terms

These papers have been indexed in the International Catalog of Sources for History of Physics and Allied Sciences (ICOS) using the following terms. Those seeking related materials should search under these terms.


Bethe, Hans Albrecht, 1906-2005
McMillan, Edwin M. (Edwin Mattison), 1907-
Panofsky, Wolfgang K. H. (Wolfgang Kurt Hermann), 1919-2007
Rutherford, Ernest, 1871-1937
Segrè, Emilio.

Genre terms

Motion pictures (visual works)
Sound recordings.
Video recordings.

Organization and Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into two series:

  • Series I: Audio tape
  • Series II: Video tape and film

Each series is arranged chronologically.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Melanie J. Brown in 2010.

Preferred Citation of Collection

Box [number], Folder [number], Emilio Segrè lectures and other collected recordings, . American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library & Archives, College Park, MD 20740, USA.

Administrative Information


Finding Aid to the Emilio Segrè lectures and other collected recordings, 1968-1997


American Institute of Physics Niels Bohr Library & Archives

One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740


Encoding Information

Machine-readable finding aid encoded by Melanie J. Brown in 2010. Any revisions made to this finding aid occurred as part of the editing and encoding process.

Series I: Audio tape (reels and cassettes)

Box 1 Folder 1 Documents accompanying audio tape reels, undated
Folder 2 "The Adventurous Discovery of Technetium," Emilio Segrè, undated
Folder 3 Society of Nuclear Medicine Pioneer Lecture Series - "Dr. Enric Fermi," by Emilio Segrè, undated
Folder 4 Emilio Segrè lecture 2 and 3, undated
Folder 5 Emilio Segrè lecture 4 and 5, undated
Folder 6 Emilio Segrè lecture 7, undated
Folder 7 Concerto at 36 Crest Rd, Kamen, T. Ury, Stross: Mozart, undated
Folder 8 Misiuc, undated
Folder 9 Nena e mi fiestas, undated
Folder 10 Familia e Serrat, undated
Folder 11 Bern, mama, issi, musica, felicidades, undated
Folder 12 Unlabeled audio tape reels, undated
Folder 13 Emilio Segrè lecture 4 (Rutherford) and 5 (neutrons, D, etc.), 1967
Folder 14 Emilio Segrè lecture 1, 1968
Folder 15 Emilio Segrè lecture 6 - McMillan on accelerators, 1968
Folder 16 Emilio Segrè lecture 7 - highlights of nuclear physics, 1968
Folder 17 "Triumphs and Tribulations of High Energy Physics," by Emilio Segrè, 1968
Folder 18 Dia padre, Ri, etc., 1969
Folder 19 Emilio Segrè lecture 4, 1970
Folder 20 F e H, 1971
Folder 21 Saludos varios - "antes de Europa"; canciones varias, 1972
Folder 22 Unlabeled audio tape reels, 1972
Folder 23 "Nuclear History" (J.J. Thomson, Rutherford, Bohr, Einstein, Fiech, Hahn); "Atomic Physics" (Rutherford); "The Nucleus" (Fermi), 1973
Folder 24 Emilio Segrè and Isidor Rabi, portraitfesprach, 1980
Folder 25 "Memoria e Scenario," Emilio Segrè, 1987
Box 2 Folder 1 Interview, Emilio Segrè, 1988
Folder 2 Emilio Segrè memorial - part 1 and 2, 1989
Folder 3 Unlabeled cassettes, 1994, undated

Series II: Video tape and film (VHS tape cassettes, except where noted otherwise)

Box 3 Emilio Segrè, undated
Elettricita: una chiave per il futuro, undated
Megawatt - special unipede, undated
Dr. Segrè, undated
Dr. Edgardo Macorini interviews Emilio Segrè, Milano, 1985
"Die Stillen Stars," Dr. Emilio Segrè, 1985
"The Nobel Tradition at Berkeley," University of California, Berkeley, 1986
Sorrento, 1988
Elettricita: energia per lavita, 1988
Emilio Segrè - interviewed, 1989
Emilio Segrè lecture - "Binary Pulsars and Relativistic Gravity" - Joesph Taylor, Princeton, 1993
"The Supernova Mechanism" - Hans Bethe, Emilio Segrè lecture, University of California, Berkeley, 1993
"When Atoms Behave as Waves: Bose Einstein Condensation and the Atom Laser" - Emilio Segrè lecture, Wolfgange Ketterle, 1997
"The Physical Heritage of the Cold War" - Emilio Segrè lecture, Wolfgang Panofsky, 1996
"Quantum Mechanics and Electrons in Strong Magnetic Fields" - Emilio Segrè lecture, Bertrand Halperin, 1995
"Hydrogen and Fundamental Physics" - Emilio Segrè lecture, Theodore Hansch, 1994