Noble Prize winner of 1911 in chemistry
Come see her speak at The Institute of Scientific Studies in Paris, France This February!
After the discovery of x-rays , the Curies and a good friend of theirs, Gustave Bemont, began researching and experimenting with radioactive chemicals that Marie had discovered. Those chemicals included uranium, polonium, and radium; polonium being named after her birthplace.
Radium, an extremely radioactive chemical, was extracted from the compound, uraninite. Its discovery was published 5 days after. It was kept in a metallic form where Curie could experiment with electrolysis.
She became the winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize in chemistry, making her the first woman in history to win this award.
Marie Curie by Press Illustrating Service, New York City. Image is available in the public domain.