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Franco Dino Rasetti (August 10, 1901 – December 5, 2001) was an Italian scientist. Together with Enrico Fermi, discovered key processes leading to nuclear fission. Rasetti refused to work on the Manhattan Project, however, on moral grounds. The Nature obituary noted that Rasetti was one of the most prolific generalists whose work and writing are noted for the elegance, simplicity and beauty.

Rasetti was born in Castiglione del Lago, Italy. In 1947, he went to the United States and, in 1952 he became a naturalized citizen.

Rasetti was also an expert on trilobite fossils and on wildflowers in the Alps. He died in Waremme, Belgium at the age of 100.[1].[2]



  1. ^ Ludvigsen, Rolf; Brian Chatterton (2002). "FRANCO RASETTI (1901 - 2001)". Trilobite Papers 14. Denman Institute Research on Trilobites. Retrieved 2008-05-09. 
  2. ^ Kerwin Larkin FRANCO RASETTI (1901 - 2001)Nature 2002 Feb.7, 415: 597

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