[ RadSafe ] Anniversary - also today

Rouse, Raymond Lawrence rlrouse at tva.gov
Mon Jun 6 10:24:37 CDT 2011

In 1903, Marie and Pierre Curie were awarded half the Nobel Prize in
Physics.  Henri Becquerel was awarded the other half for his discovery
of spontaneous radioactivity. In a letter to the Swedish Academy of
Sciences, Pierre explains that neither of them is able to come to
Stockholm to receive the prize. They could not get away because of their
teaching obligations. He adds, "Mme Curie has been ill this summer and
is not yet completely recovered." That was certainly true but his own
health was no better. Not until June 1905 did they go to Stockholm,
where Pierre gave a Nobel lecture.

On June 6, 1905; Pierre Curie states in his lecture:

"Is it right to probe so deeply into Nature's secrets? The question must
here be raised whether it will benefit mankind, or whether the knowledge
will be harmful.  Radium could be very dangerous in criminal hands.
Alfred Nobel's discoveries are characteristic; powerful explosives can
help men perform admirable tasks.  They are also a means to terrible
destruction in the hands of the great criminals who lead peoples to

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