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Lise Meitner

1878 - 1968

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Lise Meitner ( LEE-zə MYTE-nər, German: [ˈliːzə ˈmaɪtnɐ] (listen); born Elise Meitner, 7 November 1878 – 27 October 1968) was an Austrian-Swedish physicist who was one of those responsible for the discovery of the element protactinium and nuclear fission. While working on radioactivity at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute of Chemistry in Berlin, she discovered the radioactive isotope protactinium-231 in 1917. In 1938, Meitner and her nephew, the physicist Otto Robert Frisch, discovered nuclear fission. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lise Meitner has received more than 1,482,565 page views. Her biography is available in 77 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 75 in 2019). Lise Meitner is the 38th most popular physicist (up from 39th in 2019), the 46th most popular biography from Austria (up from 53rd in 2019) and the 2nd most popular Austrian Physicist.

Lise Meitner is most famous for her work in nuclear physics. She was the first person to realize that Otto Hahn's experiments with uranium were producing nuclear fission.

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Among physicists, Lise Meitner ranks 38 out of 717Before her are Gustav Kirchhoff, Louis de Broglie, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, William Gilbert, Paul Dirac, and Léon Foucault. After her are Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Ernst Mach, and Andrei Sakharov.

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Among people born in 1878, Lise Meitner ranks 2Before her is Janusz Korczak. After her are John B. Watson, Martin Buber, Reza Shah, Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Gustav Stresemann, Werner von Blomberg, André Citroën, Pancho Villa, Robert Walser, and Lucien Febvre. Among people deceased in 1968, Lise Meitner ranks 5Before her are Yuri Gagarin, Martin Luther King Jr., Helen Keller, and Marcel Duchamp. After her are Padre Pio, John Steinbeck, Otto Hahn, Robert F. Kennedy, Konstantin Rokossovsky, Lev Landau, and Trygve Lie.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Lise Meitner ranks 46 out of 1,237Before her are Matthias, Holy Roman Emperor (1557), Karl Landsteiner (1868), Konrad Lorenz (1903), Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor (1608), Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor (1678), and Frederick III, Holy Roman Emperor (1415). After her are Otto von Habsburg (1912), Klara Hitler (1860), Alois Hitler (1837), Hedy Lamarr (1914), Otto Skorzeny (1908), and Kurt Gödel (1906).

Among PHYSICISTS In Austria

Among physicists born in Austria, Lise Meitner ranks 2Before her are Erwin Schrödinger (1887). After her are Wolfgang Pauli (1900), Ludwig Boltzmann (1844), Christian Doppler (1803), Victor Francis Hess (1883), Otto Robert Frisch (1904), Fritjof Capra (1939), Walter Kohn (1923), Victor Weisskopf (1908), Marietta Blau (1894), and Anton Zeilinger (1945).