Ten fun facts about Otto Hahn


Fact 1
He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of nuclear fission.

Fact 2
He was founding President of the Max Planck Society in 1948 for 12 years.

Fact 3
In 1999, "Focus" magazine published an article name the top 500 leading scientists, engineers and physicians of the 20th century. He was named number 3.


Fact 4
When he was awarded the Nobel Prize, he was being detained at Farm Hill in England and was unable to attend the Nobel events.

Fact 5
Though his father wanted him to study architecture, he began doing chemistry experiments in the family laundry room at the age of 15.

Fact 6
He and his wife Edith had a son, but he died in a car accident in 1960.

Fact 7
He founded a new field of work in the early 1920's known as "applied radiochemistry".

Fact 8
There are craters on the Moon and Mars named after him, as well as the asteroids number 3676 Hahn and the 19126 Ottohahn.

Fact 9
The year after he won the Nobel Prize, he was allowed to attend the events as well as be presented with his award by King Gustav V of Sweden.

Fact 10
During the first World War, he was in a special unit for chemical warfare where they tested and produced poison gas for the military.


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