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Q: Lise Meitner Passions ( No Answer,   7 Comments )
Subject: Lise Meitner Passions
Category: Relationships and Society > Romance
Asked by: trellis-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 26 Dec 2003 06:09 PST
Expires: 25 Jan 2004 06:09 PST
Question ID: 290381
LM is a strong historical figure as a discoverer of nuclear fission
and honour by having element 109 named after her.

I'm working on a project featuring her story as the subject of a
dramatic piece. I need to find out more re her love interest to
strengthren the piece.

The question is: What were the love stories / passions in LM's life,
actual, suspected or perphaps?

To get a five star rating answers will need to provide views from an
author's prespective in regard to which of the passion(s) identified
offer the most scope for dramatic interpretation, as well as the list
of links.

Clarification of Question by trellis-ga on 12 Jan 2004 02:46 PST
Thanks anniesdes.
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: techtor-ga on 26 Dec 2003 09:31 PST
There are mentions of biographies, titled "Lise Meitner: A life in
Physics" by Ruth Lewin Sime, and "Lise Meitner and the Dawn of the
Nuclear Age" by Patricia Rife in my search engine results. If they are
available in your local library, perhaps these books can help you.
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: juggler-ga on 26 Dec 2003 15:12 PST
"She never married, or even, as far as anyone can tell, had a serious
love affair, but her capacity for friendship was very great."
Page IX
"Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics (California Studies in the History of
Science , Vol. 13)" by Ruth Lewin Sime, read using Amazon's "search
inside" feature:

Good luck!
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: trellis-ga on 28 Dec 2003 05:45 PST
Thanks for the link juggler, it made for interesting reading. Perhaps
she'll need to be cast as as ice maiden.
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: anniesdes-ga on 12 Jan 2004 16:12 PST
In Berlin, she met a chemist and fell in love.


Chemistry lectures
She longed so desperately to hear a chemistry lecture that she sneaked
into the amphitheatre and hit under the tiers of seats to listen.


Music and physics became Lise?s two grand passions.

Jogging for exercise.


Nobel Prize Women in Science: Their Lives, Struggles, and Momentous
Discoveries, Second Edition (2001) This link is excellent!  

The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition

Hope this is what you are looking for. Let me know if you need more.
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: trellis-ga on 13 Jan 2004 07:07 PST
Thanks anniesdes. The link is great. Very easy to lose an
afternoon there. What I'm looking for are stories, anecdotes etc. that
give details of a 'falling in love' by LM for the piece I'm doing.
I've yet to find it. Did she foreswear the physical for the cerebral
all her life or was there 'someone, once'. She had physics, friends
and fiano [my alliteration :-)] but was there more?
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: anniesdes-ga on 13 Jan 2004 12:24 PST
She loved to go for walks in the mountains.
She served as a medical assistant during World War I.
Another interesting story of Meitner:
The Emulsion of Lise Meitner
 in the Island of the Transparent Heartbeat
?Lise Meitner spent her days worrying that the Aztecs were an eagle eating a race
to occupy the world, that the scientists in the cactus, called
codices, would ascend to declare that from these glasses all people
were built.
She understood that the uncertainty of their ritual for reproduction
involved the right of the answer to be clouded by emulsion ? she
struggled with it ? the wearing of the ambiguity and the white, a
volunteer of the island in the transparent heartbeat.?
List of books that you have to go to your Library for further research:
 The Greatest Power on Earth - The Story of Nuclear Fission / Ronald
W. Clark - Sidgewick & Jackson - 1980
Women and Science /Brenda Clarke - Wayland - 1989
 The Physicists - A Generation that Changed the World / C.P. Snow - Macmillan -1981
 What Little I Remember / Otto Frisch - Cambridge University Press - 1991
 A Brief History of Time /Stephen Hawking - Bantam Press - 1996
 The Illustrated History of the World /Various - RD Press - 1993
 When Where Why and How it Happened / Michael Worth Davison - Reader's
Digest - 1993
 The Photography Book / Phaidon Press - 1997
 Encyclopaedia Britannica volume. 14, 18
Biographical Dictionary of Scientists /Collins - 1991
 Encyclopaedia of Physics /R.M. Besancon - Van Nostra & Reinhold Co. ? 1974
All the research I?ve done did not bring anything up about
relationships that she had, although some sites mentioned that she
fell in love with ?a Chemist?.  Her life was dedicated to her work
Hope these books will bring something up and good luck with your project.
Subject: Re: Lise Meitner Passions
From: trellis-ga on 13 Jan 2004 14:57 PST
Thank you again anniesdes. Your work is much appreciated.

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