By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (December 21, 2023) – Today’s edition of Fun with Maps recognizes the discovery of radium – ultimately radiation.

Atomic Number 88

The heaviest earth element was identified and thus discovered by Pierre and Marie Curie in Paris on December 21, 1898.  Radium.

This earned the couple a Nobel Prize.

This discovery snowballed into research aimed at better understanding elemental decay, isotopes, radiation and the like.  Radiation in medicine to treat cancer is one of the practical current uses among many others. 

Marie Curie won another Nobel Prize, and she is the only person to win in two different disciplines – chemistry and physics.

She died at 66 in 1934 from complications relating to exposure to radiation, which wasn’t quite understood at the time.

Colton created this map of France in 1855.  

France – 1855 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Fun with Maps here on Loveland Beacon.