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Lise Meitner
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    (November 17, 1878-October 27, 1968)
    Born in Vienna, Austria
    After Otto Hahn produced the first nuclear fission reaction, she provided the explanation of how it occurred (February 28, 1939)
    Fled Germany for Sweden after the anschluss with Austria (July, 1938)
    For unknown reasons, she shortened her first name from Elise to Lise and her birthday from November 17 to November 7.
    She bitterly complained about German scientists who failed to speak out against the Nazis even though her first reaction when Jewish scientists were fired was to say nothing and bury herself in her work.
    When she fled Germany, her colleague Otto Hahn gave her his mother's diamond ring to bribe the border guards. No bribe was needed, but she never returned the ring to Hahn.
    Although she was baptized as a Protestant, she was persecuted by the Nazis because of her Jewish ancestry.
    Albert Einstein described her as 'our Marie Curie.'
    She was named 'Woman of the Year' by the National Women's Press Club (1946).
    She is widely cited as the most important scientist to be overlooked by the Nobel Prize awards.

Credit: C. Fishel

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