The Italian atomic scientist, Bruno Pontecorvo has return to Rome for his first visit to the west since he defected to the Soviet Union 28 years ago.
The Italian atomic scientist, Bruno Pontecorvo has return to Rome for his first visit to the west since he defected to the Soviet Union 28 years ago. Senor Pontecorvo worked from 1948 to 1950 at the British Nuclear Research Establishment at Harwell.
SYNOPSIS: He flew into Rome from Moscow to attend a scientific conference.
Senor Pontecorvo, who made the visit without his family, was met by his brother, the distinguished Italian film director, Gillo Pontecorvo. The scientist said he wanted to speak to Italian physicists and to spend time with members of his family still in Italy, with whom, he said, he still had close ties.
When he spoke to newsmen, Senor Pontecorvo said he would reveal a "great secret". He told them that he had never worked on the atomic bomb or the hydrogen bomb, or any other bomb, in the West, in Russia, or in China. During his visit, Senor Pontecorvo is expected to visit the Italian Nuclear Research Institute at Frascati, outside Rome.