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Lise Meitner - Celebrating a scientist who never lost her humanity

28 Jan 2019
Location: Wolfson Hall, Churchill College
Start time: 09:30
End time: 17:30

The Churchill Archives Centre is proud to hold the scientific papers and personal correspondence of Lise Meitner (1878-1968), who, according to the inscription on her gravestone, was a physicist who never lost her humanity.

In honour of Meitner, who was the second woman with a doctorate in physics in Vienna and the first female professor of physics in Germany, the Archives Centre is holding a one-day symposium in January. The symposium will feature three panels that will explore Meitner’s life and work as well as her scientific achievements and her political legacy.

Panellists include Dr Graham Farmelo, David Rennert, Professor Ruth Lewin Sime, Dr Annette Vogt, Professor Dame Athene Donald, Georgina Ferry, Professor Valerie Gibson, Professor Heinz-Eberhard Mahnke, Tanja Traxler, Dr Helen Curry, Dr Jessica Wade, Stefan Frankenberger and Sandra Schüddekopf.

Attendance at the conference and teas/coffee are free. Lunch and dinner will be provided for speakers and panellists and will be available to purchase in Churchill College by other attendees. We hope this will make it easier for participants to attend the whole day and stay for the related theatre performance in the evening.

A play about women and research

As part of the symposium, at 7.30pm portraittheater will present Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible, featuring anecdotes from the lives of Marie Curie, Lise Meitner and Hedy Lamarr. The play will tell of their achievements, their struggles and their passion for their work. Directed by Sandra Schüddekopf, with Anita Zieher impersonating the three women. Complemented by music and videos, the play is an entertaining portrait of three extraordinary women in history.

Portraittheatre ©Photographs by Reinhard Werner

Curie_Meitner_Lamarr_indivisible will be performed at 7.30pm in the Wolfson Hall, Churchill College.

All tickets to the symposium will allow free admission to the play.

Symposium programme

Symposium homepage


For all enquiries please contact Amanda Jones, Archives Administrator. T: 01223 336166.

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