First fission experiments, 1930s

First fission experiments, 1930s

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Caption: First fission experiments. This museum display ('Otto Hahn's workbench') brings together equipment used by German chemist Otto Hahn in the first nuclear fission experiments. This work, with Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassmann from 1934 to 1938 at the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Chemistry in Berlin, led to him being awarded the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The equipment includes batteries (Pertrix), amplifiers (three, one between batteries), automatic counters (lower left and centre), Geiger-Muller tubes (across bottom), and a paraffin block (circular, upper right) containing a neutron source (round) and uranium (rectangular).

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