State of Illinois
92nd General Assembly

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 1                          HOUSE RESOLUTION

 2        WHEREAS,  The  members   of   the   Illinois   House   of
 3    Representatives  wish to express their sincere condolences to
 4    the family and friends  of  Ugo  Fano,  who  passed  away  on
 5    February 13, 2001; and

 6        WHEREAS,  Mr. Fano was a groundbreaking nuclear physicist
 7    who discovered how light and matter interact at the subatomic
 8    level; and

 9        WHEREAS, Mr. Fano was a former chairman of the University
10    of Chicago's physics department,  and  a  professor  emeritus
11    there since 1982; and

12        WHEREAS,   As  a  student  of  Enrico  Fermi  and  Werner
13    Heisenberg in the 1930's, Professor Fano provided one of  the
14    few direct links between modern researchers and what has been
15    termed  physic's  Golden  Age  at  the  beginning of the 20th
16    century;  he  predicted  spinning  electrons,  explained  the
17    reason behind asymmetrical spectral shapes emitted by excited
18    atoms, and indentified the effects of radioactivity on  human
19    genes; and

20        WHEREAS,  Professor  Fano  was  adept  at spotting unseen
21    implications  in  other  people's  research;  he  earned  the
22    reputation for  explaining  apparently  diverse  and  complex
23    phenomena  into  simple  and practical descriptions; his work
24    led to a wide range of practical applications in fields  from
25    nuclear medicine to laser research; and

26        WHEREAS,  Professor  Fano  was born in Torino, Italy; his
27    father  was  a  renowned  mathematician,  but  Professor  Ugo
28    gravitated to atomic physics by the time he was  a  teen;  he
29    received  his doctorate in mathematics from the University of
30    Torino in 1934 and did postdoctoral work at the University of
31    Rome until 1936; and
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 1        WHEREAS, Professor Fano led U.S. research in  the  1940's
 2    and 1950's to discover the effects of radiation on biological
 3    systems;  in  1959,  he  co-wrote  a  book on the mathematics
 4    underlying  interactions   between   atomic   particles   and
 5    radiation; in the same year he co-wrote a book with his wife,
 6    Camilla, on basic physics of atoms and molecules; and

 7        WHEREAS,   Professor  Fano  joined  the  faculty  at  the
 8    University of Chicago  in  1966;  in  1968,  he  authored  an
 9    article  that set an agenda for particle accelerator research
10    that has lasted for decades; in the late 1960's he forecasted
11    that by shooting beams of light with certain  known  energies
12    at   atoms,  electrons  could  be  kicked  off  and  spun  in
13    predictable directions; This work produced a key  method  for
14    creating  spin-polarized electron beams, which would later be
15    used to probe groupings of molecules and  magnetic  materials
16    to discover their structures; and

17        WHEREAS, At the University of Chicago, Professor Fano was
18    regarded  as  an  accomplished  and demanding teacher; he was
19    appointed chairman of the  University  of  Chicago's  physics
20    department in 1972; and

21        WHEREAS,   Professor   Fano   earned   many   awards  and
22    distinctions during his life which included the United States
23    Department of  Energy's  Enrico  Fermi  Award  in  1996,  his
24    election  into the Royal Society of London in 1995 and to the
25    Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei in 1993; He was the  recipient
26    of  the  United  States Department of Commerce Award in 1968,
27    the Stratton Award from the National Bureau of  Standards  in
28    1963, and the Rockefeller Public Service Award in 1956; and

29        WHEREAS,  The  passing of Ugo Fano will be deeply felt by
30    all who knew and loved him, especially his wife, Camilla, his
31    daughters, Mary Giacomoni and Virginia Ghattas; his  brother,
32    Robert Fano; and his grandchildren; therefore, be it
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 3    we mourn, along with all who  knew  him,  the  death  of  the
 4    University of Chicago's world renowned professor, Ugo Fano of
 5    Chicago, Illinois; and be it further

 6        RESOLVED,  That  a  suitable  copy  of this resolution be
 7    presented  to  the  family  of  Ugo  Fano  with  our  sincere
 8    condolences.

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