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  1. David R Bachinsky
    24 June 2013 • 10:20 AM

    Marie Curie was French?

    • przemek
      25 June 2013 • 8:11 AM

      She was a women!
      Let see the periodic table in this way.
      Her maiden name was Sklodowska!

    • Szymon
      9 September 2013 • 9:02 PM

      Exactly. After all Poland is a small country :)

  2. Rachel Pepling
    24 June 2013 • 10:22 AM

    Not so chemically educational, but the Periodic Table of Game Controllers on the latest season of Arrested Development sure kept catching my eye.

  3. David R Bachinsky
    24 June 2013 • 10:23 AM

    OK, discoveries were made in France but…

  4. Jamie Gallagher
    24 June 2013 • 10:51 AM

    I’m glad you enjoyed my little graphic.
    You are entirely right that there are some elements that could be argued. The decisions for many were difficult to make. Delving back to the 1700s credit becomes difficult to assign.

    I’d be happy if folk got talking about it and chimed in with their own ideas. If fact I was only inspired to make this when I found errors in other peoples work!

    As for the design, ah well, it is done now. I hadn’t quite expected it to get so much attention as it has.

    Thanks for sharing!

  5. David Kroll
    17 July 2013 • 6:27 AM

    Thanks so much for coming by to comment, Jaime! I was only partly joking about your design since I have family in the graphic design and illustration business. Have you had any inquiries from artists who might want to redesign the table for you?

    As for me, your table reminded me that the Swedes were very prominent in chemistry. We in the U.S. often only remember Nobel as a famous Swedish chemist, although he’s nowhere on the periodic table! On the other hand, I was taught about German chemists. In fact, our chemistry program at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science still required taking German when I was in university.

    I do indeed think that your project got people talking. I’ll be sure to share this widely around our upcoming Chemistry Day at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Thanks again!

  6. Pol
    12 September 2013 • 4:34 PM

    Maria Skłodowska-Curie was polish born (citizen both) scientist living in France.
    It is general information in every school in Europe. Are you from China Mr David?

    • Jamie Gallagher
      4 May 2014 • 10:39 AM

      Thanks for your comment. I’m aware of Marie Curie’s birthplace and achievements. It is the process of reporting scientific discovery to attribute the host institute and funder rather than the nationality of those involved.

      The above table reflects that the study was funded and carried out in France.

  7. Piotr Stepnowski
    31 October 2013 • 2:17 AM

    This is ridiculous to give French origin to Radium and no origin to Polonium. Both elements were discovered by Polish scientist, double Nobel Laureate, Mrs. Maria Skłodowska Curie.

  8. Jamie gallagher
    4 May 2014 • 10:35 AM

    Thanks for your comment. I’m aware of Marie Curie’s achievements. I have written and recorded many pieces about her and her life. That said I’m afraid the victory still goes to France. Let me explain…..

    When reaserch is published it is the names of the authors and their host institutions which are reported and not the nationality of any of the researchers. For example if I were working in MIT in America they would be the ones publishing my work and claiming credit and not the country I was born in.

    Later elements have been discovered by large multinational groups but what is always important in attributing discovery is host institute and funders.

    In Ra and Po the work was carried out in France and funded by France therefore they own the discovery.

    Hopefully this explains my decision.

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