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.
Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for New Mexico's biggest science party of the year! This awesome black-tie event features an awesomely unique silent auction, dinner among the most brilliant minds in science and thrilling science experiments that will knock your socks off!Learn More
Register your young scientist in "Science is Everywhere" Winter Day Camp 2016 - awesome camps 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 19-23 and 27-30, 2016. Sessions include "Hey, Can I Take that Apart?," "In a Galaxy Far, Far Away," "Myths & Monsters," "Rockets in Motion," "Myths Busted" and many more!Learn More
Experience the all encompassing world of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics as interpreted by photographers from all over the world! On display November 5 through December 31, 2016.Learn More