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Physics and Chemistry

Chemical Elements

Which are the only two elements in the periodic table named after women?

Curium, atomic number 96, was named after the pioneers of radioactive research Marie (1867–1934) and Pierre Curie (1859–1906). Meitnerium, atomic number 109, was named after Lise Meitner (1878–1968), one of the founders of nuclear fission.



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