The Latymer School History Magazine - page 16

Meitner in 1906
Lise Meitner is one of many
female scientists who have
always deserved more
recognition than they
received, but whose story is
especially interesting in that
her findings were put to a
much more sinister use: the
atomic bomb.
Born in Vienna, November
7
th
1878 to international
chess master and lawyer,
Phillip Meitner and his wife
Hedwig Meitner, Lise Meitner
was the 3
rd
of 8 children in a
Jewish family; an ethnicity
that would make life
increasingly difficult for
Meitner as she founded her
career in a male-dominated
Nazi Germany - despite her
conversion to Protestantism
in 1908. Austria at the end of
the 19
th
century was only just
opening the door to higher
education for women and
Meitner’s parents had to
fund private tuition with
physicist Arthur Szarvassy to
give Meitner the opportunity
to study for entrance tests.
Having passed these, she
entered the University of
Vienna in 1901, aged 22 to
study physics, graduating in
LISE MEITNER- MOTHER OF THE
ATOMIC BOMB
By Molly Foster- Year 10
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