Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award
Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is awarded by the Gothenburg Physics Centre to a scientist who made a breakthrough discovery in physics. The prize was established in 2006 by the Department of Physics at University of Gothenburg and holds the honor (!), EUR 3000 and a work of art with an engraved plaque. In conjunction with the award ceremony the laureate holds a lecture.
Lise Meitner was a researcher in Berlin from 1907 to 1938 , when she was forced to flee to Sweden , where she came to work for 20 years. As a woman she was initially not allowed in the laboratories where men worked and later she had a hard time getting a regular academic position . With these qualifications , she was still one of the leading nuclear physicists in the world. After her escape to Sweden , she was the first to understand nuclear fission when she during a stay in Kungälv Christmas in 1938 , along with her nephew Otto Frisch, could explain the results that Otto Hahn , her colleagues in Berlin, sent her.
The Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award is not only about awarding well merited physisists, but also to enrich the scientific environment in Gothenburg.