Volume 50, Number 4, July-August 2019
|Page(s)||22 - 26|
|Published online||25 September 2019|
A Tribute to Lise Meitner (1878-1968)
University of Groningen ( The Netherlands )
Physics is irresistible. Though prepared to become a teacher of French at an Austrian highschool, Lise Meitner, daughter of a lawyer, could not help coming under the spell of physics. By lucky coincidence she followed courses dispensed by no one less than Ludwig Boltzmann, whose wit and humour proved contagious. After her PhD, under Franz Exner, she moved on, not to Paris to work with Marie Curie, but to Berlin, to consult with Max Planck on future contingencies. Before leaving for Berlin, however, she was introduced to ‘radioactivity’ by Stefan Meyer.
© European Physical Society, EDP Sciences, 2019
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