Meitner, Lise, Austrian physicist (1878-1968). Autograph letter (draft) and autogr. manuscript (draft).

No place and date, but after 1946.

4to. Altogether (1+1 =) 2 pp. on 1 f.


Draft letter written to the German and later British physical chemist and physicist Sir Francis Simon: "Many thanks for your letter which was very useful for me. As an expert member of the Fellowship Committee of the International Federation of University Women I have to examine the work of the applicants as far as they are related to physics. Of course, as Miss Hunts publication is not yet declassified I can not form any personal opinion of her. But from your letter written to me as well as from your and Dr. Kurtis testimonials attached to Miss Hunts application I infer that Miss Hunt can be recommended as a very suitable candidate for the fellowship for which she has applied [...]".

The manuscript deals with the photoelectric effect which was correctly described by Einstein in 1905 as the result of light energy being carried in discrete quantized packets. In 1914, Robert Millikan's experiment confirmed Einstein's law on photoelectric effect; Einstein was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921 for 'his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect', and Millikan was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1923 for 'his work on the elementary charge of electricity and on the photoelectric effect'.

Slight damage to edges; punched holes to one margin (slightly touching a few letters).

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