Dr. Lise Meitner

Portrait of Professor Lise Meitner.
Dr. Lise Meitner (1878 – 1968). 1

An Austrian physicist who identified nuclear fission; she played the piano.

The large family could afford few luxuries, but Philipp Meitner’s law practice did provide the middle-class essentials: books, a few summer weeks in the mountains, and—virtually a necessity in Vienna—music lessons.  […] Lise played the piano too; all her life music would be a passion for her, as necessary as food.
Ruth Lewin Sime from Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics 2
Lise lived frugally, renting single rooms from a succession of landladies, never with a private bath, occasionally with a piano she could use, or a telephone.  […] By eating very little she had enough for cigarettes, a daily newspaper, and concerts, where she could be found high up in the cheapest seats—the section students called 'Olympus'—often following the music with a full score.
Ruth Lewin Sime from Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics 3
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Page Sources

IAEA Imagebank.  “Professor Lise Meitner, Austrian Atom Physicist.”  Photograph.  Flickr.  Flickr, a Yahoo Company, 28 Jan. 2010.  Web.  6 Oct. 2015.  CC BY-SA 2.0.
Sime, Ruth Lewin.  Lise Meitner: A Life in Physics.  University of California Press, 1996: pg. 5, & 36.  Google Books.  Web.  21 Oct. 2015.