Otto Hahn
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (born in Prussia)
Date of Birth: 1879
Date of Death: 1968
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Religion: Lutheran
Occupation: Physicist, Educator
Spouse: Edith Junghans
Turtledove Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct
Date of Death: 1947
Cause of Death: Shot to death
Otto Hahn (8 March 1879 – 28 July 1968) was a German chemist who received the 1944 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for discovering nuclear fission. He is considered a pioneer of radioactivity and radiochemistry. He did not work on Germany's atomic bomb project during World War II, but he was detained with nine other scientists by the Allied Forces. After the war, Hahn reentered academia and research, where he remained until his death. He was also an active opponent of the nuclear arms race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

Otto Hahn in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

Otto Hahn (1879-1947) was one of several scientists captured by the German Freedom Front in 1946.[1] It had been Reinhard Heydrich's hope that the scientists might build the GFF an atomic bomb. Karl Wirtz disabused Heydrich of that notion.[2]

Nonetheless, Hahn and his fellows were held in the underground Alpine Redoubt until 1947. When American forces arrived, Heydrich escaped, and ordered Hahn and several other scientists killed.[3]

Before their kidnapping, Hahn and colleague Werner Heisenberg had discussed restarting their institute at Göttingen.[4]


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 202-204.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 227-228.
  3. Ibid., pg. 467.
  4. Ibid., pg. 182.