The element curium is named after both Pierre and Marie Curie. The Curies discovered the elements polonium and radium; Marie was awarded the Nobel Prize for these discoveries in 1903. Curium was named in honor of their c... More »

Many of the elements in the periodic table are of Latin or Greek origin, but four are named after heavenly bodies: uranium, neptunium, tellurium (named for "tellus," the Latin word for Earth) and plutonium. Some elements... More »

The only element named after a state is californium. A team of researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, first produced the element in 1950. More »

Marie Curie changed the world by advancing science and the study of radiation and by creating a place for women in the scientific community. She is often viewed as the mother of modern physics, and she was also the first... More »

Marie Curie studied at Sorbonne in Paris, France. Sorbonne was the original home of the University of Paris or what is known today as the Sorbonne University. The modern day Sorbonne University combines eight different s... More »

Marie Curie discovered radium by carefully isolating radioactive elements in a material called pitchblende, a natural ore that contains uranium and thorium. She began this study based on the work of another scientist, He... More »

Though she was a native of Poland, Marie Curie, born Maria Sklodowska, did much of her groundbreaking work in the laboratory at the Municipal School of Industrial Physics and Chemistry in Paris, France. She also did work... More »