Farmington High School, Farmington, Michigan, U.S.A.
Meitnerium: We chose our design for the element meitnerium to honour Lise Meitner. Her picture — drawn by one of our classmates — sits in the lower left-hand corner of the square. This picture was styled after the photograph of Dr. Meitner from the cover of her biography. The international symbol for radioactivity shows not only that the element itself is radioactive but more importantly, that Meitner discovered nuclear fission. Dr. Meitner was forced to flee Austria due to her Jewish heritage. As a class, we recognize the huge error made when Meitner’s partner Otto Hahn won the Nobel Prize in 1944 for the discovery for nuclear fission and her name was never mentioned. We feel that her place on the periodic table is only partial repayment for the injustice done to her in 1944.
Original artwork by Sean Kua. Teacher: Peg Convery, Farmington High School, Farmington, Michigan, U.S.A.
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* Haynes, W. M. (2011). CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 91st edition: http://www.hbcponline.com/ Retrieved April 7, 2011
** Winter, M. (2010). Home of the Periodic Table. Retrieved April 8, 2011, from Web Elements: http://www.webelements.com/