#GAReads | This brilliant woman pioneered nuclear technology, but her male colleague got a Nobel Prize for it
…as a pioneering Austrian physicist of Jewish descent, Meitner led the research that ultimately discovered nuclear fission. But after the brief flurry of media attention in the months following the end of World War II, Meitner’s name was largely forgotten, becoming little more than a footnote in the history of Nazi scientists and the birth of the Atomic age.
The name inscribed in the history books was Otto Hahn, Meitner’s colleague and professional partner for more than 30 years. In 1945, Hahn even received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, soon followed by academic accolades and renown as the discoverer of nuclear fission.