Hahn, Otto

Hahn, Otto (1879-1968)

20th Century
Born: Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany), 1879 
Died: Göttingen (Germany), 1968

Hahn studied chemistry in München under Baeyerand obtained his Ph.D. in 1901 at the University of Marburg. He did postdoctoral research with Ramsay (1904) and with Rutherford (1905). In1906 he returned to Germany and became professor in Berlin. In 1928 he became director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute in Berlin. From 1906 he studied (with L.Meitner) the radioactive breakdown of thorium. They discovered radioactive isotopes. By 1935 he started to study the bombardment of uranium with neutrons. In 1938 he was the first to realize and to discover the fission of uranium. He received the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1944.

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Link icon  The Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1944
"for his discovery of the fission of heavy nuclei"