Spinning Liquid Drops:
R. E. Apfel, Yale University
"[This] new type of nuclear reaction thus discovered was given the
name 'fission' by Meitner and Frisch (1939, Nature, 143, 239)
who on the basis of the liquid drop model of nuclei emphasized the
analogy of the process concerned with the division of a fluid
sphere into two smaller droplets as the result of a deformation
caused by an external disturbance."