Europe: A Jolly Nice Chap

At first meeting, few would have guessed that Giuseppe Martelli's line of work was tracing the trajectories of strongly accelerated nuclear particles. Taller (6 ft. 1 in.) and handsomer than most of his scientific colleagues, Martelli, 39, spoke fluent Russian and English, and could even make a certain amount of small talk. Son of a World War I Italian general, he had studied at the University of Rome and Pisa's Institute of Physics, where he specialized in cosmic ray research. Later, he was hired by Euratom, Europe's communal atoms-for-peace agency, and went off to Brussels, leaving his...

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