Marie Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. One of the women featured in Iron Willed: Women in STEM, Marie discovered polonium and radium, championed the use of radiation in medicine and drastically changed our understanding of radioactivity.
Curie’s scientific journey began by studying radiation, recently discovered in uranium by Henri Becquerel. She found that an ore containing uranium was far more radioactive than could be explained by its uranium content. In this special episode of History Bites: From the Vault, Visitor Experiences Assistant Anna will take you into our collection to explore the history of Uranium Glass!
History Bites is a monthly series of bite-sized conversations inspired by current exhibitions and stories from the collection.
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