Riccardo Levi-Setti, Holocaust survivor who uncovered trilobites and subatomic particles, dies at 91

Nov 22, 2018 405

BY: Harrison Smith

Riccardo Levi-Setti, an Italian-born Holocaust survivor who became a pathbreaking physicist at the University of Chicago, uncovering subatomic particles while traveling the world in search of trilobites, ancient arthropods he called “the butterflies of the seas,” died Nov. 8 at a nursing home in Chicago. He was 91.

His son Emile Levi Setti said the precise cause was not immediately known. Raised in an aristocratic Jewish family in Milan, Dr. Levi-Setti was a teenager during World War II, when he hid from the Nazis and their fascist collaborators in a remote farmhouse, a slew of mountain caves and an empty underground fuel container near Genoa.

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SOURCE: https://www.washingtonpost.com

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