Chadwick and Meitner: Discoveries that changed the world

7 May 2019, 5.30 PM - 7 May 2019, 7.00 PM

Professor Gerry Lander, Institut Laue Langevin Grenoble

Queen's Building, University of Bristol

From the discovery of the neutron (1932) to the first demonstration of controlled fission (1942) was just ten years; a period that took physics from an occupation of a small number of eccentric gentlemen and (even fewer) ladies to something of concern to, and funding decisions of, Governments all over the world. The shadows of those tumultuous years are still with us, for better or worse

This talk will recount those ten years through the lives of James Chadwick (1891-1974) and Lise Meitner (1878-1968), contemporaries who played pivotal roles in the events, even though, partly because of their retiring personalities, they are often over-shadowed by "larger"figures.


Professor Gerry Lander is Long-term Visitor at the Institut Laue Langevin, Grenoble, France.

Gerry retired at the end of 2005 as Director of the Institute for Transuranium Elements (an European Commission Laboratory) in Karlsruhe, Germany, and is now living in Grenoble. His main interests are centered on the science of actinide (5f electrons) elements and compounds. He has used neutrons, both elastic and inelastic, and synchrotron x-rays.

The Institut Laue Langevin is the world's leading facility in neutron science & technology. Its purpose is to provide the international scientific community with: the brightest possible beams of neutrons, state-of-the-art scientific instruments and the expertise of its scientists, engineers and technicians.


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