lise meitner


So my mom and I saw this “Just for Men” hair commercial that showed the life of Theodor Roosevelt, and we decided that girls needed ads like that too, so I made these. I want to make more but I’d also like to sleep tonight :p 

If anyone has any ideas for other ladies of history send me an ask and I’ll make more! 

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Comprendre l'effet Mathilda

L’effet Matilda désigne le déni ou la minimisation systématique de la contribution des femmes scientifiques à la recherche, dont le travail est souvent attribuée à leurs collègues masculins. Cet effet a été mis en lumière en 1993 par l'historienne de la science Margaret W. Rossiter.

Il est nommé d'après la militante des droits des femmes américaine Matilda Joslyn Gage, qui a la première observé ce phénomène à la fin duxixe siècle. L'effet Matilda est lié à l'effet Matthieu, qui montre que les travaux de scientifiques prestigieux sont souvent mieux reconnus que ceux de chercheurs relativement inconnus, même si leur travail est similaire.

Margaret W. Rossiter donne des exemples de cet effet comme Trotula de Salerne, femme médecin italienne (xie ‑ xiie siècles), qui a écrit des livres qui ont été attribués à des auteurs masculins après sa mort. Les cas les plus connus de cet effet au xxe siècle sont Rosalind Franklin, Marthe Gautier,Lise Meitner et Marietta Blau. On peut aussi évoquer Jocelyn Bell.

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THE CORRESPONDENT // This song is about Lise Meitner, a brilliant scientist who discovered nuclear fission and also happened to be a woman (a fact which shut her out of the notoriety and reverence she deserved). As always, this song packs a pretty significant punch in the sensitive spot where my sentimentality sits. Alliteration and emotions aside, I’m proud of this noise, and all the hard work we all put into it. And then, don’t even get me started on elementals’ perfect Joni Mitchell-esque vocals on this. I couldn’t NOT have her sing on this one. Some things just make sense. This is just one of those things.

music by me, lyrics by cleanwhiteroom, vocals by elementals, guitar by elementals’ son, mastered by elementals as well, the brilliant and tirelessly patient.

Historical STEMinist’s profile on: Lise Meitner (  1878 - 1968 )

  • became the second woman to obtain a doctoral degree in physics at the University of Vienna in 1905
  • was awarded the Leibniz Medal by the Berlin Academy of Sciences in 1917 for discovering the first long-lived isotope of the element protactinium
  • In 1926, she became the first woman in Germany to assume a post of full professor in physics, at the University of Berlin
  • called the “German Marie Curie” by Albert Einstein
  • fled Germany forever in July 1938, after Adolf Hitler’s rise to power. Originally, her Austrian citizenship protected her, despite being Jewish, and she simply buried herself in her work, ignoring the danger surrounding her. She later concedes that "It was not only stupid but also very wrong that I did not leave at once.“
  •  realized that Einstein’s famous equation, E = mc2, explained the source of the tremendous releases of energy in nuclear fission, by the conversion of rest mass into kinetic energy, popularly described as the conversion of mass to energy, recognizing the possibility for a chain reaction of enormous explosive potential
  • refused an offer to work on the Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, declaring “I will have nothing to do with a bomb!”
  • was bitterly critical of other German scientists who had collaborated with the Nazis and done nothing to protest against the crimes of Hitler’s regime. Referring to the leading German scientist Werner Heisenberg, she said: “Heisenberg and many millions with him should be forced to see these camps and the martyred people.”

It’s the birthday of Lise Meitner, who was born in 1878 in Vienna. In 1905 Meitner became the second woman to obtain a PhD in physics at the University of Vienna. After World War I, she became the first woman to hold a full professorship of physics in Germany. Meitner’s research was in nuclear physics. In 1922 she discovered the Auger effect independently of Pierre Auger. And in 1938 - the year she had to flee Germany to escape antisemitic persecution - she, Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassmann discovered nuclear fission.

Lise Meitner: Why she kicks ass

  • Meitner was an Austrian (later Swedish), physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics, and was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission-an achievement for which colleague Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize, and was also the first woman in Germany to assume a post of full professor in physics, at the University of Berlin.
  • A 1997 Physics Today study concluded that Meitner’s omission was “a rare instance in which personal negative opinions apparently led to the exclusion of a deserving scientist” from the Nobel.
  • Element 109, Meitnerium, is named in her honour.
  • In 1917, she and Hahn discovered the first long-lived isotope of the element protactinium, for which she was awarded the Leibniz Medal by the Berlin Academy of Sciences.
  • In 1922, she discovered the cause, known as the Auger effect, of the emission from surfaces of electrons with ‘signature’ energies. (The effect is named for Pierre Victor Auger, a French scientist who independently discovered the effect in 1923.)
  • Her headstone reads “Lise Meitner: a physicist who never lost her humanity.”
The Matilda Effect

The Matilda effect is the systematic repression and denial of the contribution of women scientists in research, whose work is often attributed to their male colleagues. This effect was first described in 1993 by science historian Margaret W. Rossiter.

It is named after the U.S. women’s rights activist Matilda Joslyn Gage, who first observed this phenomenon at the end of the 19th century. The Matilda effect is related to the Matthew effect, which states that eminent scientists will often get more credit than a comparatively unknown researcher, even if their work is similar.

Rossiter provides several examples of this effect: Trotula, an Italian physician (11th–12th centuries), wrote books which were attributed to male authors after her death, and hostility towards women as teachers and healers led to her very existence being denied. Known cases of the effect from the 20th century include Rosalind FranklinLise Meitner and Marietta Blau.

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Lise Meitner (1878-1968)

Using a private entrance, Lise Meitner entered her basement laboratory–and stayed there. No females–except, of course, cleaning women–were allowed upstairs with the men. For two years, from 1907 to 1909, Meitner performed radiation experiments in the cellar, careful never to be seen upstairs. Normally, shy and timid, she sometimes longed so desperately to hear a chemistry lecture that she sneaked into the amphitheater upstairs and hid under the tiers of seats to listen. Ten years later, Lise Meitner was the director of a center for radiation physics in Berlin. For twenty years she reigned supreme there, creating one of the glories of the golden age of physics in the 1920s and 1930s. –Nobel Prize Women in Science (Sharon Bertsch McGrayne)


Heroes & Inspirations: Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner was a physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics.

Meitner was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, an achievement for which her colleague Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize.

Element 109, meitnerium, is named in her honor.

She was the second woman to obtain a doctoral degree in physics at the University of Vienna.

In 1922, she discovered the cause, known as the Auger effect, of the emission from surfaces of electrons with ‘signature’ energies. The effect is named for Pierre Victor Auger, a French scientist who independently discovered the effect in 1923.

In 1926, Meitner became the first woman in Germany to assume a post of full professor in physics, at the University of Berlin. There she undertook the research program in nuclear physics which eventually led to her co-discovery of nuclear fission in 1939, after she had left Berlin.

The above pendant prototype shows art by Diloolie of Lise Meitner.

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Just read a discussion in which one man claimed that men are more intelligent than women. He stated that the amount of male Nobel Prize winners outnumbers the amount of female Nobel Prize winners, claiming that ‘every Marie Curie’ was sweeped away by the sheer amount of men who had also attained such levels of academic greatness.

I’m sorry, what? The discussion in itself is ridiculous considering the male:female ratio of awards given for academic advances is hardly representative of the intelligence of the average population, but that’s not what I’m angry about so I’ll shut up.

Why should anybody’s achievements be undermined because of their sex? Similiary, why should a person’s achievments be elevated simply because of their sex? Why the fuck do we STILL live in a world where a person is defined by the gender they identify with, first and foremost? Can’t we just appreciate the awesome things people do irrespective of their gender?