Otto Hahn

By: Paul Jenkins


Otto Hahn was a German chemist and pioneer in the fields of radioactivity and radiochemistry. Hahn was born on March 8th, 1879 and died on July 28th, 1968 at 89 years old.


From 1897 Hahn studied chemistry at Marburg and Munich, taking his doctorate examination in 1901 at Marburg and submitting to Professor Theodor Zincke a thesis on organic chemistry.
From the autumn of 1905 to the summer of the following year Hahn was at the Physical Institute of McGill University, Montreal (Canada) working under Professor Ernest Rutherford. Here he discovered radioactinium and conducted investigations with Rutherford on alpha-rays of radiothorium and radioactinium.