Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

More than 30,000 photos of scientists and their work

Attention ESVA patrons:

The Emilio Segrè Visual Archives’ site is moving soon and adopting an open access approach to digital image sharing. Once we have transitioned to the new site in 2021, we will no longer charge for our high-resolution digital images or usage fees (note that we do not hold copyright to all the images in our collections and you will still need to obtain permission for those which we do not own).

If you are working on a long-term project, we advise you to wait until the migration is complete so that you may obtain our copies for free. If you cannot wait, email us at nbl [at] aip.org and we will do what we can to assist you. We will not be offering refunds for past purchases.

For more information, please visit our FAQ page on the Ex Libris Universum blog. 

Fermi Enrico G10

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Image title: 
Laura Fermi, Sachs, and Wilson at Celebration
Credit line: 
Argonne National Laboratory, courtesy AIP Emilio Segrè Visual Archives

Mrs. Laura Fermi, widow of physicist Enrico Fermi, cuts the cake at a ceremony held at Argonne National Laboratory to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the world's first controlled nuclear chain reaction in Chicago Pile Number 1. The cake was baked in the shape of the now-famous 'Chicago Pile,' which was built at The University of Chicago under Enrico Fermi's direction. Left to right: Mrs. Fermi, Argonne Director Robert G. Sachs, and John T. Wilson, president of The University of Chicago. This is one of the last photographs taken of Mrs. Fermi, who died December 26, 1977 at The University of Chicago's Billings Hospital.

Photo date: 
December 2, 1977
Original format: 
1 photographic print (black and white; 10.5 x 8 inches)
Fermi, Enrico, 1901-1954
Sachs, Robert Green, 1916-
Wilson, John T. (John Todd)