Marie Curie

Marie Curie is the shining example of Grit and Patience. She is an example of unerring in her enquiry and never afraid of hard work.

She was born in Warsaw Poland which was under the control of Russia at that time. She left Warsaw for Cracow which was under Austria then. From there she went to France for higher studies and settled there.

Marie Curie is considered the Greatest Scientist. She set a shining example for generations of scientists.

Marie Curie

She and her whole family was the family of illustrious scientists.

It is 110 years since Marie Curie became the first person ever to win two Nobel prizes. Marie and her husband Pierre pioneered the study of radioactivity and discovered two new elements, Radium and Polonium. The name Polonium was given as an honour to mark the country Poland her bith place.

The couple shared the Nobel Prize for the radioactivity work with Henry Becqerel who discovered the X-rays. Curie and her husband established the technique to isolate the radioactive elements from ore.

The pair had to process 8000 kg of pitch-blend minerals under horrific conditions to extract tiny amounts( 0.1 gm) of radium!!!!!!!

Their daughter, Irene, also won a Nobel prize in chemistry, and Marie is remembered in the names of universities, institutes, charities and the element curium.

Naming the Elements

Periodic table of chemicals lays the known elements according to cyclic properties of elements in groups and rows. for example, alkali metals group form alkaline solutions when they are put in the water. Only the reaction rates are different.

Atoms have been named based on various ways like geographical regions, mythology characters and names of scientists and countries. Atoms that have the same name have a similar appearance and similar habits. There are approximately 90 naturally occurring families of atoms. Their names have very different roots, such as:

Named after geographical regions

Names from mythology:

Atoms named after materials:

Atoms named after famous people:

Names that indicate a physical characteristic:

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