Just half a century ago, on October 27, 1968, Austrian physicist died Lise meitner (born November 7, 1878 in Vienna), known for her research in the field of nuclear physics, is the only woman who has an element in the periodic table in her honor, the meitnerium.
Further, was the second woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Vienna and the first in Germany to achieve the post of Full Professor of Physics at the University of Berlin.
But his epic does not end there, Meitner had to redouble his efforts to enforce his work in a world ravaged by war and run by men, to which the researcher, as a Jewish woman, had restricted access.
In fact, Although she was a co-discoverer of nuclear fission, it was her laboratory partner Otto Hahn who received the Nobel Prize in 1944 for the discovery, being one of the most obvious cases of discoveries made by women and that are ignored by the Nobel Prize committee.
Recognition for his contributions came later. Shortly before he died they handed him the Enrico Fermi Award, in the United States, and a few years later they named a crater on the Moon, another on Venus, and an asteroid after them.
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