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Physics, Race, and Gender: Lise Meitner and the Discovery of Nuclear Fission

October 1 @ 16:00 - 18:00 EDT

Lise Meitner was a pioneering 20th century physicist whose contributions to atomic and nuclear physics culminated in the discovery of nuclear fission, together with the chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann, in 1938. Although Meitner identified herself as a physicist above all else, she was also a Jew who was forced to flee Nazi Germany and a woman whose professional success did not transfer into Swedish exile. All these factors came together when Meitner’s essential role in the fission discovery was unjustly suppressed, and Hahn alone was awarded a Nobel Prize for work they had done together. In this talk I will focus on the science underlying the discovery and consider the impact of racial persecution, forced emigration, political oppression, and gender bias on how this discovery was understood, recognized, and eventually remembered

Co-sponsored by: Subra Ganesan

Speaker(s): Ruth Sime,

Agenda:
4:00 PM – Welcome and Introductions, Chapter business update; break

4:10 PM – Technical Talk/Presentation

5:15 PM – Q & A

5:45 PM – Wrap Up

/* ALL TIMES ARE USA EST/EDT (UTC-5) */

Room: Digital, Bldg: Virtual, Rochester, Michigan, United States, 48309, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/276501

Details

Date:
October 1
Time:
16:00 - 18:00 EDT
https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/276501

Organizer

sharan_kalwani@ieee_org
Email:
sharan_kalwani@ieee_org

Venue

Room: Digital, Bldg: Virtual, Rochester, Michigan, United States, 48309, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/276501
Room: Digital, Bldg: Virtual, Rochester, Michigan, United States, 48309, Virtual: https://events.vtools.ieee.org/m/276501 + Google Map