Lise Meitner

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Lise Meitner


Although Lise Meitner contributed in the discovery of nuclear fission, she was overlooked when it came to the Nobel Prize. Her partner, Otto Hahn, was the only recipient of the Nobel Prize for nuclear fission. This great Nobel Prize "mistake" was due partly because Lise was a woman, because she was Jewish, and also because she had fled Germany. Meitner was later acknowledged by recieving the U.S. Fermi Prize for nuclear fission.

Lise Meitner was born on November 7, 1878 in Vienna, Austria-Hungary.Lise was only the second woman to graduate from The University of Vienna with a doctorate in Physics.She spent time working on nucleur phsyics with her partner, Otto Hahn. Although they were equals, she was considered his "guest" because she was a woman. Lise eventually became the first female professor in Physics at the University of Berlin.Because Lise was a Jewish woman in Germany during WWII, she was forced to flee. She relocated to Sweden where she continued her work on nuclear physics, and continued to correspond with her partner, Otto Hahn.Lise Meitner died at the age of 89 1968.

Lasting Impact

Lise and her partner, Otto Hahn, discovered Nuclear Fission. Nuclear fission is an efficient source of power. Wihout it we would deplete our supply of fossil fuel. However, there have been many negative impacts of nuclear fission on our environment and wildlife. Nuclear Fission also led to the creation of the atomic bomb used in Hiroshima.

Lise Meitner, Physicist


Creates energy for electricity to power our homes!


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