Radium: historical information

  • Discoveror: Pierre and Marie Curie
  • Place of discovery: France
  • Date of discovery: 1898
  • Origin of name : from the Latin word "radius" meaning "ray".

Radium was discovered in 1898 by Marie and Pierre Curie in pitchblende (or uraninite) from North Bohemia. The element was isolated in 1911 by Mme. Curie and Debierne by the electrolysis of a solution of pure radium chloride, employing a mercury cathode. On distillation in an atmosphere of hydrogen this amalgam yielded the pure metal.

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