Pierre And Marie Curie Essay

1520 Words 7 Pages
Pierre and Marie Curie and the Discovery of Polonium and Radium

          Marie and Pierre Curie's pioneer research was again brought to mind when      on 20 April last year, their bodies were taken from their place of burial at Sceaux,      just outside Paris, and in a solemn ceremony were laid to rest under the mighty      dome of the Panthéon. Marie Curie thus became the first woman to be accorded      this mark of honor on her own merit. One woman, Sophie Berthelot, admittedly      already rested there but in the capacity of wife of the chemist Marcelin
…show more content…
In 1901 he spanned the Atlantic. Hertz did not live long      enough to experience the far-reaching positive effects of his great discovery, nor of      course did he have to see it abused in bad television programs. It is hard to predict      the consequences of new discoveries in physics.
          
          On 8 November 1895, Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen at the University of      Würzburg, discovered a new kind of radiation which he called X-rays. It could in      time be identified as the short-wave, high frequency counterpart of Hertz's waves.      The ability of the radiation to pass through opaque material that was impenetrable      to ordinary light, naturally created a great sensation. Röntgen himself wrote to a      friend that initially, he told no one except his wife about what he was doing. People      would say, 'Röntgen is out of his mind'. On 1 January 1896, he mailed his first      announcement of the discovery to his colleagues.' ....und nun ging der Teufel los'      ('and now the Devil was let loose') he wrote.

More about Pierre And Marie Curie Essay

Open Document