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Otto Robert Frisch

Otto Robert FrischBorn: 1-Oct-1904
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 22-Sep-1979
Location of death: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Described fission

Attended school at Vienna, after graduating, worked at Hamburg under Otto Stern. Forced to flee Nazi Germany in 1933/34, he obtained positions in England and later at Copenhagen with Niels Bohr. He was the nephew of Lise Meitner, and with her in 1938 the first to describe fission of uranium after bombardment by neutrons. During World War II Frisch was part of the British delegation to the Manhattan Project, working as head of the Critical Assembly Group. He returned to England to direct the physics department at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge.

    University: PhD, University of Vienna (1926)
    Scholar: University of Hamburg
    Scholar: Birkbeck College, University of London
    Professor: Institute of Theoretical Physics, University of Copenhagen (1934-)
    Professor: Trinity College, Cambridge University (1947-72)

    Manhattan Project Critical Assembly Group (1943-46)
    Royal Society 1948
    Naturalized UK Citizen

Author of books:
Atomic Physics Today (1961, physics)

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