On This Day In Chemistry

September 12th

French chemist Irène Joliot-Curie, daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie, was born on this day in 1897

Like her parents, she was also a scientist. She and her husband Frédéric bombarded stable atoms with alpha particles to transmute them into different radioactive elements. They created nitrogen (N) from boron (B), phosphorus (P) from aluminium (Al), and silicon (Si) from magnesium (Mg).
 

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