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  1. The Life of Lise Meitner By Aapria’ Akers

  2. Lise Meitner • Born November 7th 1878 • 3 of 8 children • From Vienna Austria • A famous physician • First women in Germany to be called a professor • Born a Jew • Was a Protestant though (converted in 1908 ) • Known for discovering Nuclear Fusion

  3. Second women to get doctoral degree in physics in university of Vienna in 1905 • Worked in Austrian Army as X-ray technician (1914-1916) • Wrote scientific articles to earn a income . • Signed with name L Meitner because they wouldn’t publish women’s work extraordinary women

  4. New Heights • Studied in Berlin with Chemist Otto Hahn • In 1918 they discovered protactinium • Worked with him for 30 years • Discriminated on a bit because of her being a women • Worked at Kaiser- Wilhelm institute • Became joint director of institute & was appointed head of physics department in 1917

  5. Had to leave work because Hitler was going after Germany • Even though was protestant she couldn’t work at the institution any longer , because she was born a Jew • Nazis refused to let her leave • July 1938 someone came and illegally took her out of Germany • Escaped to Sweden • Started working for “Nobel Institute of Physics in Stockholm” • Where she discovered with nuclear fusion • 30 years later she was asked to help with the “Manhattan project” but refused Tragedies

  6. Downfall • Was awarded the Leibniz Medal by Berlin academy of sciences for discovery of Protactinium • 1922 Discovered Auger effect • Nazis erased all research she had done • She got no recognition at all for the discovery of Nuclear fusion • Otto took all of the credit

  7. Finally deserved achievements • Women of the year by women’s National press club • Won the “Enrico Fermi Award” • Elected to go in to Swedish Academy of science • Third women in history to get the honor • Offered movie deal with MGM • Helped Sweden invent its first nuclear reactor • 109th element was named in honor of her (“meitnerium”)

  8. Sweet End • Became Swedish citizen in 1949 • Moved to UK • In older years suffered from heart attacks, strokes and broken hip • Was moved to a nursing home • Died at age 90 in 1968 • Three months after Otto

  9. Work citied • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lise_Meitner • http://energyquest.ca.gov/scientists/meitner.html • http://www.atomicarchive.com/Bios/Meitner.shtml • http://www.nndb.com/people/360/000099063/