Why do you like Lise Meitner? You say that science isn't neutral or good or anything and that society always plays a role. Looking from this perspective, she and others (*looks at Einstein and Nobel and Curie*) are responsible for the death of thousands. Unlike Curie who didn't see the full dangerous power of her research and Einstein and Nobel who tried to redeem, she never cared at all. She was brilliant but awfull.
I mean no historical figure, scientist or otherwise, is morally perfect, both because of values dissonance and because of the nature of being human, so I’m not sure that’s reason not to like and admire a brilliant woman who pushed forward her field immeasurable (no matter how problematic the field), despite being displaced from her home and being barred from publishing because of the holocaust.
Like I’m not going to defend atomic weapons, and I can’t speak to her motivations or anything, but as a woman in science who overcame great odds to do the work she did, and then was screwed over by her male partner (fuck Otto Hahn) and left off the Nobel for what was essentially exclusively her work (which people knew but also she was a Jewish woman in Europe, so they didn’t give a fuck), I do admire her.