Facts So Romantic

The Underdogs of Fame


Lise Meitner discovered fission with her colleague, Otto Hahn. But only Hahn got the Nobel Prize.

This issue of Nautilus deals with fame: what it is, where it resides, and why. But we all know that fame is a fickle beast, smiling upon a fortunate few and forsaking others who are more deserving. So, tell us, who should be more famous than they are? Who’s the most underrated scientist, thinker, artist?

Rose Eveleth is Nautilus’ special media manager.

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