Glass flask used by Marie Curie, late 19th-early 20th century.

1890-1920 in France

A small glass beaker, narrow at the base and widending towards the top with a spout. The glass is blue/ purple in colour. This beaker was used by Marie Skłodowska-Curie in her research, and the glass has been discoloured by radiation emanating from radium, likely solutions of radium salts.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish chemist and physicist. She discovered the radioactive substance radium, which discoloured the glass of this beaker, with her husband Pierre Curie in 1898. Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and the first person to win two prizes.

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Laboratory Medicine
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complete and glass (radioactive)
radioactive material

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