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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: November 22, 1999


Author to Chronicle Life of Female Chemist


Ruth Sime, author of "Biography as History: Lise Meitner's Life in Physics," (University of California Press, 1996) will speak at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30 in the University Library South Reading Room. The free lecture is part of the 1999-2000 Friends of the Library Author series.

Meitner is the Austrian-born physicist who shared the Enrico Fermi Award (1966) with chemists Otto Hahn and Fritz Strassman for their joint research that led to the discovery of uranium fission. Sime's book has been widely recognized for giving Meitner overdue recognition. It received the Commonwealth Club of California Silver Medal for Nonfiction in 1997 and the Watson Davis and Helen Miles Davis Prize from the History of Science Society.

Sime is a member of the faculty at Sacramento City College. She received her doctorate from Harvard University.

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