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Was Ernest Rutherford inspired by Lise Meitner?

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Was Ernest Rutherford inspired by Lise Meitner?

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Lise Meitner was part of a team of scientists who first discovered nuclear fission in 1939. At the time of their discovery, Meitner was working from exile in Sweden due to being Jewish in WWII while secretly corresponding with the rest of the team.

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Yes, Lise Meitner's work helped to inspire Ernest Rutherford's famous gold foil experiment. Meitner, a physicist and friend of Rutherford conducted...

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Lise Meitner was a German physicist who was instrumental in the discovery of nuclear fission in the 1930s. Without her, we wouldn't have nuclear power or atomic weapons today! In this lesson, learn about her life and the many contributions she made to science.


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