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Inspired Excellence: The story of Marie Sklodowska Curie and Lise Meitner

This exhibit reveals how two women endured incredible challenges during an era when women were not welcome in the field of scientific discovery. Despite a lack of financial support, unsophisticated academic facilities, and little recognition of their endeavors, they persevered and triumphed.

Marie Sklodowska Curie and her husband Pierre Curie experimented together and discovered two radioactive elements, polonium and radium. They worked four years to acquire a very small quantity of radium in order to prove there really was such an element. In 1903, Pierre and Marie along with Henri Becquerel received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work and their discovery of radioactivity. In 1911 she received a second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry, for her work in radioactivity. She was the first person ever to win two Nobel Prizes and the only person ever to win Prizes in two sciences.

Lise Meitner worked with Otto Hahn. She and Hahn discovered a radioactive element and named it protactinium. Although she collaborated heavily with him, Hahn, received the credit for the work. In 1938, she escaped Germany with no personal possessions, eventually locating to Stockholm, Sweden. In 1944 Hahn would receive the Nobel Prize in chemistry for the interpretation of nuclear fission. Meitner was not mentioned, leading many to say this was the greatest oversight ever made by the Nobel Prize committee. In 1997, twenty-nine years after her death, the chemical element 109, the heaviest known element was named Meitnerium in her honor.

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Atomic STEaM Photography Show, Open Now through December 31

The "Atomic STEaM Photography Show," a special photo art exhibit, is now on display through December 31, 2017. Individuals, both local and from all over the world, shared their photographic talent and eye for everything science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEaM), and a select number of photographs were chosen through the juried competition to be displayed at the museum.

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"Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camps - Registration Now Open!

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2017 for children who are 6-12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in one-day sessions, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., December 18-22 and 27-29, 2017. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Holiday Exploration," "Balloon Blast!" "Eureka!" and many more!

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Out of this World Luncheon with Astronaut Mike Mullane - November 30

You are invited to join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History, in partnership with the Construction Financial Management Association, for an "Out of this World" luncheon presenting Albuquerque’s Astronaut Mike Mullane as he delivers a hard-hitting, substantive teamwork and leadership motivational discussion at the Sheraton Uptown on Thursday, November 30, at 11:30 am.

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