Scientist Elizabeth Rona will be Inducted into the 2015 Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame!

Elizabeth_RonaFrom her participation in the creation of the atom bomb to her teaching the safe use of radioactive isotopes through the “Atoms for Peace Program,” Elizabeth Rona had a front row seat at some of the great scientific moments of the 20th century. Her work in the European laboratories of Marie Curie, Otto Hahn, and others, and later in the United States, brought her to The Manhattan Project in Oak Ridge, TN. Dr. Rona’s work in nuclear chemistry and physics and the measurement of radioactivity also put her on the front lines of isotope discovery, fission, and the making of polonium sources. Sharing her scientific experiences through journals and the writing of her life’s work alongside the world’s pioneers of radioactivity led to safer laboratories and a stricter set of radiation safety standards.

The 2015 Induction ceremony into the Tennessee’s Women Hall of Fame will be held on Monday October 26, 2015 during the 12th Annual Economic Summit for Women. The event will take place at noon at the Nashville Airport Marriot. There will be seven astonishing women been selected to join the Hall of Fame this year with Rona; they are:

Western Division

Janice Holder

Zulfat Suara

Middle Division

Rosetta Miller Perry

Rhea Seddon

Eastern Division

Joy Bishop

Carol Gardner Transou


Lizzie Crozier French

To Register to attend the full Summit or just the induction luncheon at Bird Registration Ends October 9th. There is a Student Discount with Student ID!

For further information about the Tennessee Women’s Hall of Fame or the Economic Council on Women, contact the TECW directly at 615.253.4266 or email at


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