Thursday, August 8, 2013

Fact of the Day: Polonium

The element Polonium was named after Poland, the home country of its co-discoverer Marie Curie. At the time of it's discovery, Poland was split under the control of the Russian Empire, the German Empire, and Austro-Hungarian Empire. Curie hoped that naming the element would spark a political move for the independence of Poland.  

15 comments:

Maude Lynn said...

That's really interesting!

Kay said...

Good gracious! This is another very interesting fact. I had no idea.

Irma said...

Very interesting.

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Pilar Domínguez said...

Great woman! a reference for all of us.
By the way, yes! they were piggy banks, heheeh. Kisses, Adam:)

DEZMOND said...

she was a wise woman and a great scientist

Emmylou said...

Yay for Curie:)

A Beer for the Shower said...

I've never even heard of Polonium. Was that what gave her radioactive poisoning or was it the other 2-million radioactive things she worked with?

SM said...

great woman

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Interesting! It reflects well on Marie Curie's lack of ego that she didn't just name it after herself. Lots of scientists would have.

Cassandra Too said...

This is interesting! I never knew that! :D

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Selvaggia Capizzi said...

Oh I have learned something new today!
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Pat Hatt said...

First I've heard of Polonium too

Al Penwasser said...

Polonium...never heard of it. Cool.
That whole independence thing had to wait a few more years though, huh?

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

She was an incredible and inspirational woman. Way ahead of her time.

MEcoy said...

they really have interesting way of naming things