Second American Jewish Scientist Named 1959 Nobel Prize Winner

Dr. Emilio Segre became the second American Jew to win a 1959 Nobel Prize when it was disclosed that the Italian-born physicist was named co-winner of the Nobel Prize in physics with Dr. Owen Chamberlain, prominent 39-year-old American physicist. The first American Jew to win 1959 recognition by the Nobel Prize Foundation was Dr. Arthur Kornberg of Stanford University, who shared the Nobel Prize in medicine for a study of enzymes.

Dr. Segre was born in Tivoli, Italy. He came to the United States in 1938 and became an American citizen in 1944. One of the leading young scientists in Italy, Dr. Segre left his native country under the impact of Mussolini’s Fascism when it began taking on anti-Jewish directions. Since his settlement in this country he has been conducting research on the peaceful use of atomic energy in a number of West Coast universities and laboratories. He is currently with the University of California.

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