Romeo Segnan was born in Fiume. The family settled in Torino in April of 1948, where Romeo attended high school and received his laurea in physics from the University of Torino. He received a scholarship to continue his studies in physics at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, PA. He was one of the founding members of the International Club, a meeting place for a growing number of students coming from all five continents. In 1962, the physics department of Brookhaven National Laboratory, offered Romeo a postdoctoral fellowship lasting two years. For over ten years, Romeo has been a member of the Italian Cultural Society where he has served as treasurer and president. He has taken part in the Festa Italiana as the head of the cultural committee.