A Woman to Know: Lise Meitner

Science makes people reach selflessly for truth and objectivity; it teaches people to accept reality, with wonder and animation. — Lise

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In 1939, Lise and her colleague Otto Hahn published the results from their latest experiment in radioactivity. Lise and Otto had been working together for years in the then-infant world of nuclear physics. She suspected that splitting an atom of uranium would lead to a gigantic release of energy, and though she didn't know it at the time, Lise's work would later lead to the discovery of nuclear fission, the creation of nuclear weapons and today's world of nuclear energy.

In 1944, Otto won the Pulitzer Prize for Science for his work on this project.

Lise didn't win anything.

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