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Lise Meitner

(1878—1968) physicist

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Leo Szilard

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

(1898–1964)

Hungarian-born US physicist, who played an important role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Born in Budapest, the son of an architect, Szilard studied...

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Max Planck

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(1858–1947), German physicist and spokesman for science.

Planck came from a family of lawyers and pastors. His marriage to the daughter of a banker placed him comfortably within...

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Otto Hahn

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(1879–1968)

German chemist, one of the discoverers of nuclear fission, for which he was awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

The son of a successful merchant, Hahn...

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Otto Robert Frisch

Overview page. Subjects: Science and Mathematics — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1904–1979) Austrian–British physicist

Frisch, the son of a Viennese printer and publisher, was educated at the University of Vienna where he obtained his doctorate in 1926. He was...

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protactinium

Overview page. Subjects: Chemistry — Physics.

Symbol Pa. A radioactive metallic element belonging to the actinoids; a.n. 91; r.a.m. 231.036; r.d. 15.37 (calculated); m.p. 1600°C (estimated). The most stable isotope, protactinium–231,...

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women in science

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Women have been and remain underrepresented in science. During the Scientific Revolution of the seventeenth century aristocratic women were active as both patrons and interlocutors of...

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