Quotes by: Otto Hahn

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Otto Hahn
Born (1879-03-08)8 March 1879
Frankfurt am Main,
Hesse-Nassau, Prussia,
German Empire
Died 28 July 1968(1968-07-28) (aged 89)
Göttingen, West Germany
Nationality German
Fields Radiochemistry
Nuclear chemistry
Alma mater University of Marburg
Doctoral advisor Theodor Zincke
Other academic advisors Adolf von Baeyer, University of Munich;
Sir William Ramsay, University College London;
Ernest Rutherford, McGill University Montreal;
Emil Fischer, University of Berlin
Doctoral students Roland Lindner
Walter Seelmann-Eggebert
Johannes Heidenhain
Jan de Vries
Truus de Vries-Kruyt
Aristid von Grosse
Boris Nikitin
Laszlo Imre
Clara Lieber
Fritz Strassmann
Salomon Aminyu Rosenblum
Karl Erik Zimen
Hans-Joachim Born
Boris Sagortschew
Hans Götte
Siegfried Flügge
Nikolaus Riehl
Known for Discovery of radioactive elements (1905–1921)
Radiothorium (1905)
Radioactinium (1906)
Mesothorium (1907)
Ionium (1907)
Radioactive recoil (1909)
Fajans–Paneth–Hahn Law
Protactinium (1917)
Nuclear isomerism (1921)
Applied Radiochemistry (1936)
Rubidium-strontium dating (1938)
Nuclear fission (1938)
Influenced Frédéric Joliot-Curie
Enrico Fermi
Glenn T. Seaborg
Edwin McMillan
Albert Ghiorso
Emilio Segrè
Philip Abelson
Joseph W. Kennedy
Nikolay Semyonov
Igor Kurchatov
Georgy Flyorov
Isaak Kikoin
Yulii Borisovich Khariton
Notable awards
Emil Fischer Medal (1919) Cannizzaro Prize (1939) Copernicus Prize (1941) Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1944) Max Planck Medal (1949) Paracelsus Medal (1952) Henri Becquerel Medal (1952) Pour le Mérite (1952) Faraday Lectureship Prize (1956) ForMemRS (1957)[1] Wilhelm Exner Medal (1958) Hugo Grotius Medal (1958) Légion d'Honneur (1959) Enrico Fermi Award (1966)
Spouse Edith Junghans (1913–1968)

I knew that the Hague Convention prohibited the use of poison in war. I didn't know the details of the terms of the Convention, but I did know of that prohibition.
Otto Hahn
First we attacked the Russian soldiers with our gases, and then when we saw the poor fellows lying there, dying slowly, we tried to make breathing easier for them by using our own life-saving devices on them.
Otto Hahn
At first the English were very surprised by our disregarding the Hague Convention. But from 1916 onward they used at least as much poison as we did.
Otto Hahn
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