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A Nobel tale of wartime injustice

Recently released documents give the inside story of Otto Hahn's 1944 Nobel prize in chemistry for the discovery of nuclear fission. They reveal flaws in the award-making process — and an attempt to rewrite history.

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Crawford, E., Sime, R. & Walker, M. A Nobel tale of wartime injustice. Nature 382, 393–395 (1996).

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