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The Enrico Fermi Museum was founded to preserve and disseminate the memory of the Italian scientist, defined as “the last man who knew everything” for his contributions to twentieth-century physics both as a theorist and as an experimenter.
The Museum itinerary was presented for the first time in 2015 at the Genoa Science Festival, and installed permanently on the ground floor of the historic building of via Panisperna at the end of 2019.
The building itself is an integral part of the museum itinerary. In the 1930s, this was the “Regio Istituto Fisico”, and Enrico Fermi and his collaborators conducted here their experiments and researches. Eventually the discoveries on radioactivity induced by neutrons earned the scientists the Nobel Prize in 1938 .
The “Museo Storico della Fisica e Centro Studi e Ricerche Enrico Fermi” is housed in the historical Palazzina di via Panisperna. At the end of the 19th century, when Rome became the capital city of the new Regno d’Italia, this building was the Royal Physics Institute of the University of Rome. Directors Pietro Blaserna and Orso Mario Corbino created a fertile and creative environment for science to flourish. Enrico Fermi arrived here as a professor of theoretical physics in 1926, gathering a group of young and brilliant scholars known to history as the “boys of via Panisperna”.
Via Panisperna 89 A – 00184 Roma
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