• Curium is element number 96 on the Periodic Table of the Elements. It is named after Pierre and Marie Curie, a very famous husband-wife team of chemists and physicists. They are most famous for their work with radioactivity. Marie was the first person to be a double Nobel Prize laureate and is still the only person to have received Nobel prizes in two different sciences. The element does not occur naturally. It is created in nuclear reactors as a result of neutron bombardment of the elements plutonium and americium, which are naturally occurring either. For more information see
  • 1) Latin for curious: "curio: Most likely someone of darker complexion...The persons presence makes you want to explore places you haven't been before, it's not somebody you' ll forget. LaToya: Oh LaTifa, You saw that curio latino?? Oh mamiii I have to have that papi!!!" Source: 2) "Curium (pronounced /ˈkjuːriÉ™m/) is a synthetic chemical element with the symbol Cm and atomic number 96. A radioactive metallic transuranic element of the actinide series, curium is produced by bombarding plutonium with alpha particles (helium ions) and was named for Marie Curie and her husband Pierre." Source and further information: 3) "At a meeting of the Heavy Isotopes Group at the Metallurgical Laboratory on March 5, 1946, I suggested that 95 and 96 be named "americium" and "curium" by analogy to the naming of their lanthanide homologs "europium" and "gadolinium." It was also pointed out that the +2 state of element 96 would be "cur-ious," but I replied that this oxidation state was not expected to exist. Thus the element is named after the Curies. Marie Curie née SkÅ‚odowska (1867-1934), Polish scientist, who investigated radioactivity, and with her husband Pierre Curie (1859-1906) discovered Radium. They worked on radioactivity and in 1898 she reported the possible existence of a new, powerfully radioactive element in pitchblende ores. Her husband abandoned his own researces to assist her and discovered the radioactive elements Polonium and Radium in the pure state in 1902. They both refused to take out a patent on their discoveries, and were jointly awarded the Davy Medal (1903) and the Nobel prize for physics (1903 with Becquerel, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel"). In 1904 Pierre was appointed to a chair in physics at the Sorbonne, and on his death in a street accident was succeeded by his wife. She wrote a Treatise on Radioactivity in 1910, and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1911. She died a victim of the radiation among which she had worked in her laboratory. The chemical symbol for Curium is Cm, chosen because "m" is the initial of Marie Curie." Source and further information:

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