Physics in Perspective

, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 160–177

The Disappearance and Death of Ettore Majorana


DOI: 10.1007/s00016-013-0111-7

Cite this article as:
Guerra, F. & Robotti, N. Phys. Perspect. (2013) 15: 160. doi:10.1007/s00016-013-0111-7


At the end of March 1938, Ettore Majorana disappeared under still mysterious circumstances while he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Naples. We exploit new archival documents that provide evidence that without any doubt he was deceased before September 1939. These include documents pertaining to the foundation of a Fellowship in his name, announced on November 3, 1939, in the journal, The Missions of the Society of Jesus, and documents pertaining to the Police and Vatican inquires after his disappearance. We conclude by discussing the biographical sketch of Majorana that his uncle Giuseppe Majorana wrote before his death in 1940.


Ettore MajoranaSalvatore Majorana CalatabianoSalvatore MajoranaQuirino MajoranaGiuseppe MajoranaFabio MajoranaGilberto BernardiniGiuseppe BottaiFather Ettore CaselliEnrico FermiGiovanni Gentile, Jr.Benito MussoliniOliviero Savini NicciUniversity of PalermoUniversity of NaplesThe Society of JesusVatican StateBulletin of InquiresFrontier Listhistory of physics

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Rome “La Sapienza”, INFN, Section of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsUniversity of Genova, INFN, Section of GenovaGenoaItaly