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Marie Curie and Aspects of the History of Radiochemistry

Activity by Nick Evans   |   added on Sep 24, 2010   |   United Kingdom Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): Royal Society of CHemistry (RSC)

The meeting, organised by the RSC's Radiochemistry and Historical Groups, will celebrate the life and achievements of Marie Curie.

The centenary of her Nobel prize in Chemistry falls in 2011 so we will consider her contribution to science and also examine other aspects of the history of radiochemistry. These will include early medical applications of radium, the contributions of Rutherford to our understanding of the nature of the atom and its later applications to nuclear energy, and the development of UKAERE Harwell. Modern aspects of these topics will also feature. The speakers are experts in their fields: the keynote lecture on Marie Curie will be given by Dr. Serge Plattard, the Counsellor for Science and Technology at the French Embassy, himself a noted nuclear physicist. His talk will be chaired by Richard Pike, CEO of the RSC, and the last session will be chaired by the RSC President David Phillips.

Date:  18 March 2011 10:00 - 17:20 


Venue : The Chemistry Centre, Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London

Topic: marie curie, history Audience: professional chemists, students, general public


Dileep Sathe | Dec 15, 2010 08:56AM

Rutherford's alpha-scattering experiment: As this conference  will focus attention on the contribution of Ernest Rutherford,  I would like to note that teaching this experiment in a high school (age group: 13 to 16) is very difficult because of some obvious reasons. Therefore I am using an analogy of shadows of three different spheres since September 1977. My experience of many years shows that it is very useful in understanding that experiment and its conclusions. So I request organizers to give me a time-slot of 15 min for presenting that analogy on the day of conference for the benefit of students, teachers.

Also, I have suggested an "activity" on this site, regarding problems in teaching / learning of Bohr's theory of hydrogen atom. Please see that activity, dated 19th November 2010. Feel free to contact me, if necessary,  using dvsathe[at]





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