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Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner's Call to Science

At the turn of the 20th century, Lise Meitner dreamed of becoming a scientist. In her time, girls were not supposed to want careers, much less ones in science. But Lise was smart — and determined. She earned a PhD in physics, then became the first woman physics professor at the University of Berlin. The work was thrilling, but Nazi Germany was a dangerous place for a Jewish woman. When the risks grew too great, Lise escaped to Sweden, where she continued the experiments that she and her laboratory partner had worked on for years.

Her efforts led to the discovery of nuclear fission and altered the course of history. Only Lise’s partner, a man, received the Nobel Prize for their findings, but this moving and accessible biography shows how Lise’s legacy endures. From the acclaimed author of Finding Wonders and Grasping Mysteries comes a gorgeously written biography in verse about the pioneering Jewish woman physicist whose scientific prowess changed the course of World War II.

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"Deliberate, delicate verse describes well the blistering unfairness of sexist academia and the complications inherent in having mentors who don’t share one’s marginalized identities.... The devastation of the atomic bomb and the Holocaust haunted her. She lost trust in her home, and 'there can be no science without trust.' Appropriately, the fictionalized biography ends on a decidedly bittersweet note. An admirable tribute to a life that holds some timely lessons." — Kirkus Reviews

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Recommended Age 10 and up
Author Jeannine Atkins
ISBN 1665902507
Publication Date Jan 18, 2022
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Language English