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Meitner, Lise (1878–1968)

Edited by Market House Books

in Who's Who in the Twentieth Century

Published in print January 1999 | ISBN: 9780192800916
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191726439
Meitner, Lise (1878–1968)

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Austrian-born Swedish physicist, discoverer with her nephew Otto Frisch of nuclear fission.

The daughter of a lawyer, she became interested in physics when she was told as a small girl that the colours produced by oil-stained puddles were due to the interference of light waves. Her father insisted that she first qualify as a teacher before he allowed her to study science at the University of Vienna. She duly obtained her doctorate in ...

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