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Portrait of the radiochemist, Marie Curie

Portrait of the radiochemist, Marie Curie

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Marie Curie. Portrait of the Polish-French radiochemist and nobel laureate, Marie Curie (1867-1934), taken in Paris, France in about 1900. Curie pioneered work on radioactivity, a term she coined to describe the rays given off by uranium. Her research coincided with that of Rutherford and Becquerel in showing that there were three types of radioactivity: alpha, beta and gamma. In 1903 she won the Nobel Prize for physics with her husband Pierre for their studies in radioactive emissions. In 1911 she won the Nobel Prize for the second time, in chemistry, for the discovery of two radioactive elements, radium and polonium. She died of radioactivity-induced leukaemia.

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