Polonium: historical information

Polonium was discovered by Marie Curie at 1898 in France. Origin of name: named after "Poland" (birthplace of Marie Curie).

Polonium was the first element discovered by Marie Sklodowska Curie in 1898, while seeking the cause of radioactivity of pitchblende from Joachimsthal, Bohemia. It required several tonnes of pitchblende to produce very small amounts of polonium.

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