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Otto Hahn: Responsibility and Repression (2006)


The role that Otto Hahn (1879--1968) played in the discovery of nuclear fission and whether Lise Meitner (1878--1968) should have shared the Nobel Prize for that discovery have been subjects of earlier studies, but there is more to the story. I examine what Hahn and the scientists in his Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry in Berlin-Dahlem did during the Third Reich, in particular, the significant contributions they made to the German uranium project during the Second World War. I then use this as a basis for judging Hahn's postwar apologia as the last president of the Kaiser Wilhelm Society and first president of its successor, the Max Planck Society.

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Authors & Contributors
Sime, Ruth Lewin
Kant, Horst
Artin, Tom
Santos, Gildo Magalhães
Yruma, Jeris Stueland
Trömel, Martin
Physics in Perspective
TLS: Times Literary Supplement
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Foundations of Chemistry
Dahlemer Archivgespräche
Wallstein Verlag
Palgrave Macmillan
Oxford University Press
Harvard University Press
Atomic, nuclear, and particle physics
Nuclear fission
Science and politics
National Socialism
Hahn, Otto
Meitner, Lise
Fermi, Enrico
Noddack, Walter Karl Friedrich
Noddack, Ida
Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm
Time Periods
20th century, early
20th century
20th century, late
19th century
United States
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Chemie
Technische Hochschule Aachen
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Institut für Physik, Berlin
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften
Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Interessengemeinschaft Farbenindustrie Aktiengesellschaft

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