Woman Nuclear Scientists

Lise Meitner, Austrian physicist

Discoverer of nuclear fission, an achievement for which her lab partner Otto Hahn received the Nobel Prize. "Science makes people reach for truth and objectivity and teaches people to accept reality, with awe and wonder."Read more

Iréne Joliot-Curie, shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the synthesis of new radioactive elements

September 12, 1897, in Paris (France) – March 17, 1956, in Paris (France) Daughter of Marie Curie (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911) and Pierre Curie (Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903), she showed her ability for mathematics from a very young age and studied at her own school, known as […]Read more

Elizaveta Karamichailova, pioneer in nuclear physics in the early 20th century

She was among the handful of female nuclear physics pioneers at the beginning of the 20th century, established the first practical courses of particle physics in Bulgaria, and was the first woman to hold a professorial title in the country. Elisabeth Ivanova Kara-Michailova, Elisabeth Karamichailova, was born in Vienna on September 3, 1897, to Ivan […]Read more

Marie Curie, a life dedicated to the study of radioactivity

"Nothing in this world is to be feared, only understood. One must persevere and, above all, have confidence in oneself." Marie CurieRead more

Elda Emma Anderson, from wanting to be a kindergarten teacher to become dean of physics, chemistry, and mathematics

American physicist and health researcher. During World War II, she worked on the Manhattan Project at Princeton University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Elda Emma Anderson was born in Green Lake, Wisconsin, on October 5, 1899, to Edwin A. Anderson and his wife, Lena, born in Germany. She was one of three children. Although […]Read more

Ida Eva Tacke-Noddack, the three-time Nobel Prize nominee who first mentioned nuclear fission

Ida Tacke was born February 25, 1896, in Lackhausen (nowadays a part of the city of Wesel), in the northern Rhine region, the daughter of a varnish manufacturer. In 1915, she chose to attend the Technical University of Berlin because she was drawn to its long and demanding programs. In 1918, she graduated from the […]Read more

María Goeppert-Mayer, unseen physicist

Second woman to win the Nobel Prize in Physics (the first was Marie Curie) for her research in nuclear physics. However, she acheved her first recognized and paid job at the age of 54.Read more

Wu Chien-Shiung, radioactivity expert, known as the "First Lady of Physics"

She was a radioactivity expert who worked on the Manhattan Project and where she helped develop the process for separating metallic uranium into isotopes of uranium-235 and uranium-238 by gaseous diffusion. Her contributions in experimental physics were so important that she was compared to the chemist and physicist Marie Curie, and she was dubbed the […]Read more

He Zehui, a woman at the forefront of nuclear physics in China

Co-discoverer of the ternary and quaternary fission of uranium and many other achievements.Read more

Marietta Blau, identified traces of atomic particles that allowed distinguishing protons from alpha particles

Marietta Blau was born in Vienna, on April 29, 1984, in a middle-class Jewish family, to Mayer, a court lawyer and music publisher, and his wife, Florentine Goldzweig. From 1914 to 191, after having obtained the general certificate of education from the girls' high school run by the Association for the Extended Education of Women, […]Read more

Harriet Brooks, known for her research on nuclear transmutations and radioactivity

Ernest Rutherford, who guided her graduate work, regarded her as being next to Marie Curie in the caliber of her aptitude. She was among the first person to discover radon and to try to determine its atomic mass. Harriet Brooks was born in Exeter, Ontario, on July 2, 1876. She was the third of nine […]Read more

Jane Hamilton, physicist, and supervisor of the construction and commissioning of the 'Clementine' nuclear reactor

Jane Hamilton was born in Denver, Colorado, on 23 June 1915, where her father was a pharmacist. She decided to study physics at the University of Denver before transferring to the University of Chicago, where she earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in 1937, her Master of Science (M.S.) in 1938, and her doctorate […]Read more

Katharine Way, known for her contribution to Physics and the construction of the Chicago Pile-1 reactor

Katharine Way was born in Sewickley, Pennsylvania, on February 20, 1902, the second child of William Addisson Way, a lawyer, and his wife Louise Jones. She had an older brother and a younger sister. Originally named Catherine, she later changed the spelling to Katharine. Friends and colleagues generally knew her as Kay. Her mother died […]Read more

Marguerite-Catherine Perey, discoverer of francium and first female elected academician at the Académie des Sciences

Marguerite-Catherine Perey, discoverer of francium and first female elected academician at the Académie des SciencesRead more

Berta Karlik, discoverer of astatine isotopes and its existence in nature as a product of natural decay processes

She was an Austrian physicist. She worked for the University of Vienna, eventually becoming the first female professor at the institution. Berta Karlik was born January 24, 1904 in Vienna, Austria, to an upper-class family and was home-taught for her elementary education. While being taught at home she learned to play the piano as well […]Read more

Sameera Moussa: "My wish is that nuclear cancer treatment is as affordable and cheap as aspirin"

March 3, 1917, in A el-Gharbiya (Egypt) – August 5, 1952, in California (United States) His father was a famous political activist. When her mother died of cancer, they moved to Cairo where she invested her money in a small hotel. Due to his father's insistence, Moussa attended Kaser Lo-Shok Primary School, one of the […]Read more