ONLINE PROGRAM: Lise Meitner - A Physics Love Story
Saturday, August 21, 2021, 3:00-4:00 PM EST
Lise Meitner, born into a Jewish family, was an Austrian and later Swedish physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. She was one of the great experimentalists of her day. Einstein dubbed her “Our German Madame Curie” during their Berlin heyday in the roaring 1920’s.
Edward Sierra will offer an engaging and informative presentation about the life and science of Meitner, who is the unsung hero of nuclear fission, having played an essential role in its 1938 discovery. That year, when Hitler’s rise to power put all Jewish scientists at risk, Meitner made a daring escape out of Germany. She faced both gender and racial discrimination yet never ceased to pursue her work: the science that was the passion of her life.
Presenter Edward A. Sierra began his career in the United States Navy. Upon completion of a two-year training program, Edward reported to the Electrical Division onboard the U.S.S. Billfish SSN-676, which was a nuclear-powered fast attack submarine. He went on to work as a field operator at the Hope Creek Nuclear Power Station in New Jersey, and then as a nuclear reactor operator at Brookhaven National Laboratory. He is the President-Elect of the Long Island Chapter of the American Nuclear Society. Edward has earned graduate degrees from New York Institute of Technology, Dowling College, and Marist College.