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Lise Meitner : discoverer of nuclear fission
Barron, Rachel.
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Publication Information:
Greensboro, N.C. : Morgan Reynolds, [2000]

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112 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
A biography of the Austrian scientist whose discoveries in nuclear physics played a major part in developing atomic energy.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 8.4 3.0 47549.
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QC774.M4 B37 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A biography of the Austrian scientist whose discoveries in nuclear physics played a major part in developing atomic energy.

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Booklist Review

Gr. 7^-12. The life of physicist Lise Meitner reads like a capsulized history of the twentieth century: she broke gender barriers to startle the scientific world (though she never received full credit for her work), she fled Germany in 1938 because of her Jewish heritage, and she made advances in nuclear fission that led to the first atomic bomb. Her dramatic story once caught the attention of Hollywood, but she threatened to sue after reading the proposed script, in which she was presented as smuggling the bomb out of Nazi Germany in her purse. Though it made her famous, her work in nuclear fission also caused much pain, and until she died in 1968, she regretted her role in the development of nuclear weapons technology. Barron has captured Meitner's passion for science, her courage, and her conscience in a biography that is compelling and rewarding. This easy-to-booktalk title will find wide use as both curriculum support and recreational reading. A glossary, a time line, a bibliography, and source notes are appended. --Randy Meyer

School Library Journal Review

Gr 7 Up-Readable and entertaining, Barron's book describes Meitner's life and career. Though the nuclear physicist did not identify closely with her Jewish background, she suffered the dual burden of being a woman in a field dominated by men and being Jewish in Hitler's Germany. Despite these difficulties, she helped Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman discover nuclear fission while working in self-imposed exile. While Strassman considered her the intellectual leader of their team, the scientific community saw her as merely Hahn's assistant. She was not accorded credit for her role as codiscoverer, and was excluded from sharing in Hahn's Nobel Prize. Barron chronicles Meitner's life, from her childhood and early interest in science through her university studies, position at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institut, escape to Sweden, and long-distance participation in Hahn's research. This well-paced biography excels at putting the subject's experiences into the context of the world in which she lived. Black-and-white photographs, primarily portraits, are included. While there have been adult biographies of Meitner, Barron's work makes her accomplishments accessible to young adults.-Jeffrey A. French, Euclid Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.