Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science

When Albert Einstein called Lise Meitner “our Marie Curie,” he meant to praise this Jewish scientist who worked in Germany. But there’s room for more than one woman scientist in a continent or century. Hidden Powers: Lise Meitner’s Call to Science uses verse to show the life of an extraordinary scientist who escaped Nazi persecution then discovered secrets of nuclear fission. The Allies used her findings to create the first atomic bomb, work she refused to join on humanitarian principles. After World War II, Lise Meitner’s scientific partner, a man, received the Nobel Prize for investigations she initiated, established, and interpreted. Her strengths included forgiveness.

Hidden Powers is a “A Junior Library Guild Selection."

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Resources for readers and educators

Download the Discussion questions for Readers about Hidden Powers by Jeannine Atkins


“An admirable tribute to a life that holds some timely lessons.” -- Kirkus Reviews

Lise Meitner and friend Eva von Bahr-Bergius as young physicists.

Lise Meitner as “Woman of the Year” in the U.S. in 1945 speaking to college students

Find photographs of Lise Meitner and her scientific circle on Pinterest.


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