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Gal’s Guide Podcast – Lise Meitner

This week we’re bringing on the science as it’s Josh’s 1 cool Women’s History thing about nuclear physicist Lise Meitner. Leah, Bonnie, Katie, and Josh also talk about women of history they want to know more about and as much as they keep trying to avoid talking about Nazi’s, they keep talking about Nazi’s. All this and more on Episode #19 of Gal’s Guide to the Galaxy Podcast.

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Show Notes & Extras:

  • This month’s Gal Pals are Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Joshua Leach, and Katie Harris. Catch up on Episode 18
  • Get-to-know-you question: Who is a woman of history that you’ve been meaning to learn more about?
  • Inbreeding diseases and Useful Charts YouTube Channel
  • Josh’s 1 cool women’s history thing is the Austrian-Swedish physicist Lise Meitner


  • She’s the second woman to get a doctoral degree at the University of Vienna
  • She was Max Plank’s assistant and worked closely with Otto Han
  • Nuclear fission – transuranium research that would lead to the nuclear bomb
  • In 1938 she fled Germany because she was Jewish and went to the Netherlands – her colleagues stayed
Lise Meitner and Otto Hahn in their Dahlem laboratory, Germany, in 1913
  • Otto Han was awarded the Noble Prize for their work. Lise and her college Otto Frisch received no credit
  • She hated the nickname “Mother of the Atomic Bomb”
  • She won many awards including a Max Plank Medal and an Otto Han Prize.
  • There are statues of her and a crater named after her.
  • The Albert Einstien quote they struggled to find was a Washington Post article from 1996 “The Women behind the bomb” 

Yet in her day she had a reputation as one of Germany’s best experimentalists. Einstein fondly referred to her as “our Marie Curie.”

  • Next up is Katie’s 1 Cool Thing!


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