Radioactivity: A Boon to Medicine in National Geographic

Photograph from Mary Evans Picture Library, Alamy

October 5, 2011 - Washington, D.C.

From National Geographic

By Ker Than

Photographed in 1867[sic], Marie Curie, a Polish-French physical chemist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for her discoveries of the radioactive elements radium and polonium and their properties.

Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and is so far the only woman to win two Nobels—she was co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for her radioactivity research. She was also among the first to experimentally use radioactive atoms for medical purposes, the Chemical Heritage Foundation's Tritton noted...

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