Physics in Perspective

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 106–127 | Cite as

Stefan Meyer: Pioneer of Radioactivity

  • Wolfgang L. Reiter


Stefan Meyer was one of the pioneers in radioactivity research and director of the Vienna Radium Institute, the first institution in the world devoted exclusively to radioactivity. I give here a biographical sketch of Meyer and of some of his colleagues and an overview of the research activities at the Radium Institute.

Key words. Stefan Meyer, Franz S. Exner, Ludwig Boltzmann, Victor F. Hess, George de Hevesy, Karl Przibram, Hans Pettersson, Marietta Blau, biography, radioactivity, nuclear physics, Vienna Radium Institute, history of physics. 


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© Birkhäuser Verlag Basel, 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang L. Reiter
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  1. 1.The Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics, Boltzmannsgasse 9, A-1090 Vienna, Austria, e-mail:

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