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The woman who split the atom : Lise Meitner  Cover Image Book Book

The woman who split the atom : Lise Meitner / by Marissa Moss.


"As a female Jewish physicist in Berlin during the early 20th century, Lise Meitner had to fight for an education, a job, and equal treatment in her field, like having her name listed on her own research papers. Meitner made groundbreaking strides in the study of radiation, but when Hitler came to power in Germany, she suddenly had to face not only sexism, but also life-threatening anti-Semitism as well. Nevertheless, she persevered and one day made a discovery that rocked the world: the splitting of the atom. While her male lab partner was awarded a Nobel Prize for the achievement, the committee refused to give her any credit. Suddenly, the race to build the atomic bomb was on-although Meitner was horrified to be associated with such a weapon. "A physicist who never lost her humanity," Meitner wanted only to figure out how the world works, and advocated for pacifism while others called for war. The book includes an afterword, author's note, timeline, select terms of physics, glossary of scientists mentioned, endnotes, select bibliography, index, and Marissa Moss' celebrated drawings throughout. The Woman Who Split the Atom is a fascinating look at Meitner's fierce passion, integrity, and her life-long struggle to have her contributions to physics recognized"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781419758539
  • ISBN: 1419758535
  • Physical Description: 258 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2022.
Subject: Meitner, Lise, 1878-1968 > Juvenile literature.
Physicists > Germany > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women physicists > Germany > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Nuclear fission > Juvenile literature.
Genre: Biographies.

Available copies

  • 4 of 4 copies available at Consortium of Ohio Libraries. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Wilmington Public Library of Clinton County.


  • 0 current holds with 4 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Wilmington Main Library J B Meitner (Text) 34300001264203 New Books - Children Available -

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