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:

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

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  2. Very interesting.

    Greetings Irma

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

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  4. she was a wise woman and a great scientist

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  5. 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?

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  6. 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.

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  7. First I've heard of Polonium too

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

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

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  10. they really have interesting way of naming things

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