150th birthday of Marie Curie (née Maria Sklodowska)

  • Nov 6, 2017
  • Angela Wilson

Virtual Issue in Honor of the 150th Birthday of Marie Curie: Highlighting Female Physical Chemists.

November 7, 2017 marks the 150th birthday of Marie Curie, who is arguably one of the most famous physical chemists of all time, credited with the discovery of radium and polonium, along with important contributions to the understanding of radioactivity and different kinds of radiation. Marie Curie is also the first-ever female author whose name appears in the Journal of Physical Chemistry (JPC), having appeared in a review article that was published in 1901. The citation appears as P. Curie, S. Curie, J. Phys. Chem. 1901, 5 (2), pp 152−152. DOI: 10.1021/j150029a638. (S. Curie is Marie, and P. Curie is her husband, Pierre.)

In a recent issue, JPC Letters has marked Madame Curie’s birthday by publishing a list which includes women who have been JPC Editors, who have been JPC Editorial Advisory Board members, who have won JPC/ACS Division of Physical Chemistry Lectureship Awards or those who have played an important role both through their publications in JPC and in other JPC-related capacities. Among those cited in the article is MSU Chemistry Professor Angela Wilson for an article “Toward accurate theoretical thermochemistry of first row transition metal complexes”, JPCA 2012, 116, 870−885. DOI: 10.1021/jp205710e.