Lise Meitner (1878-1968), standing at meeting with Arthur H. Compton and Katherine Cornell

Description: Austrian-born physicist Lise Meitner (1878-1968) is shown here (at right) with actress Katherine Cornell and physicist Arthur H. Compton on June 6, 1946, when Meitner and Cornell were receiving awards from the National Conference of Christians and Jews. Meitner collaborated with Otto Hahn on the discovery of nuclear fission but was overlooked by the Royal Swedish Academy when they gave Hahn the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1945. Her contribution was formally acknowledged when she received the Fermi Prize in 1966.


Creator/Photographer: Arnold Sadow


Medium: Black and white photographic print


Date: 1946


Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives


Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.


Accession number: SIA2008-1175

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