Stefania Maracineanu began her scientific career as a teacher at a Bucharest girls’ school. In 1910, she received her bachelor’s degree in science.
She worked at the Radium Institute in Paris, which was directed by Marie Curie, a world-renowned scientist.
Ștefania Mărăcineanu Discovery
Ștefania Mărăcineanu was a trailblazer in the field of radioactivity discovery and study.
On the website, Google noted, “Today’s Google Doodle commemorates the Romanian physicist’s 140th birthday.”
Stefania Maracineanu investigated polonium’s half-life. She observed that polonium’s half-life was affected by the sort of metal it was placed on.
She saw that the radioactive substance had created radioactive isotopes from certain metal atoms. This was possibly the first time induced radiation, or artificial radioactivity was used.
The Nobel Prize for artificial radioactivity was awarded to Frederic and Irene Joliot-Curie, daughters of Pierre and Maria Curie, in 1935.
Data proved, however, that Stefania Maracineanu was the first to make the significant finding. She claimed to have discovered artificial radioactivity ten years ago and to have published a thesis about it. She was particularly upset because Irene Joliot Curie used her work in her study article without even mentioning it.