Oscar D'Agostino

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Oscar D'Agostino
Born (1901-08-29)29 August 1901
Avellino, Italy
Died 16 March 1975(1975-03-16) (aged 73)
Rome, Italy
Nationality Italy
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Rome, Curie Institute (Paris), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto Superiore di Sanità
Known for New radioactive elements produced by neutron irradiation

Oscar D'Agostino (29 August 1901 – 16 March 1975) was an Italian chemist and one of the so-called Via Panisperna boys, the group of young scientists led by Enrico Fermi: all of them were physicists, except for D'Agostino, who was a chemist.

In 1934 he contributed to Fermi's experiment (that gave Fermi the possibility to win the Nobel Prize in 1938) to showing the properties of slow neutrons. That led the way to the discovery of nuclear fission, and later on to the construction of the first atomic bomb.


  • (Italian) O. D'Agostino: Il chimico dei fantasmi. Mephite, 2002

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