This website is made possible by generous donations from users like you. $18 helps keep JWA online for one day. Please consider making a gift before our June 30 fiscal year end. Thank you!

Close [x]

Show [+]

Patricia Rife

Patricia Rife, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Graduate School of Management & Technology, University of Maryland Univ. College, Adelphi, Maryland. She has published numerous articles on science and religion in journals ranging from the Association of Women in Mathematics Newsletters to the Zen Quarterly. Her biography, Lise Meitner and the Dawn of the Nuclear Age, was honored by the John Templeton Foundation as the basis for public lectures in New York and Honolulu on her chosen topic, “Einstein, Ethics and the Atomic Bomb.” Rife taught courses for six years in women’s studies, the history of science and biographical methods at the Matsunaga Institute for Peace, University of Hawaii. In 1987 she was one of ten U.S. women to attend the GASAT Conference on Gender and Science held at the Technion in Haifa, Israel, and articles were published in the Jerusalem newspapers, Frankfurt, Stockholm, and New York on her research concerning Lise Meitner and the 1946 Nobel Prize controversy surrounding the discovery of nuclear fission. An “Internet pioneer,” she taught at the Hutchins School for Liberal Studies in the CA State University system, writing courses in the Silicon Valley, and continues to teach courses entitled “The Internet Revolution” in universities throughout America.

Articles by this author

Lise Meitner

The dramatic splitting of the atom—“nuclear fission”—was a discovery which changed our world. Yet few know that it was a woman physicist who discovered the power of nuclear energy just after her dramatic escape from Nazi Germany.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Patricia Rife." (Viewed on December 5, 2019) <>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox