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Enrico Fermi's relationship with Laura Capon ended when Enrico Fermi died on November 28, 1954. They had been married for 26.3 years.

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Enrico Fermi

Other - Scientist

Why Famous: Father of the Atomic Bomb

Age: 53 (9/29/1901 - 11/28/1954)


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Laura Capon

Other - Spouse

Why Famous: Widow of Enrico Fermi

Age: 70 (1907 - 1977)


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Event Start Date Length
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Married 7/19/1928 26.3 years
Deceased 11/28/1954 --
 Total26.3 years*

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Children of this Relationship

Name Born Age Gender Type
Nella Fermi Weiner1/31/193164 yrs.*FemaleBiological
Guilio Fermi193661 yrs.*MaleBiological

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After Fermi received the Nobel Prize in Stockholm, he, his wife Laura, and their children emigrated to New York. This was mainly because of the anti-Semitic laws promulgated by the fascist regime of Benito Mussolini which threatened Laura, who was Jewish. Also, the new laws put most of Fermi's research assistants out of work.

His wife, Laura Fermi (1907 to 1977), early environmentalist, systems thinker, prolific writer and New York Times bestselling author of "Atoms in the Family: Life with Enrico Fermi, Architect of the Atomic Age" (University of Chicago Press, 1954) said, of our nuclear dilemma: "But above all, there were the moral questions. I knew scientists had hoped that the bomb would not be possible, but there it was and it had already killed and destroyed so much. Was war or was science to be blamed? Should the scientists have stopped the work once they realized that a bomb was feasible? Would there always be war in the future? To these kinds of questions there is no simple answer." (Laura Fermi, "Reminiscences of Los Alamos", edited by Lawrence Badash)

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