Element 109 was discovered in 1982. It was originally named Unnilennium. In 1997, element 109 was renamed ‘Meitnerium’ in honor of Austrian physicist Lise Meitner.
Lise Meitner partnered with Otto Hahn in the discovery of nuclear fission. Lise Meitner was ‘overlooked’ by the Nobel Committee when they awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize for Chemistry to Otto Hahn.