The centenary of discovery of radium

Radiother Oncol. 1998 Dec;49(3):205-16. doi: 10.1016/s0167-8140(98)00143-1.


Henri Becquerel presented the discovery of radium by Pierre and Marie Curie at the Paris Academy of Science on 26th December 1898. One century later, radium has been abandoned, mainly for radiation protection difficulties. It is, however, likely that modern techniques of brachytherapy have inherited to those designed for radium sources, and that radium has cured thousands and thousands patients all over the world for about eighty years. The history of discovery and medical use of radium is summarised.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Famous Persons
  • France
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Nobel Prize
  • Numismatics / history
  • Radioactivity
  • Radiology / history
  • Radiotherapy / history
  • Radium / history*
  • Radium / therapeutic use


  • Radium

Personal name as subject

  • P Curie
  • M Curie
  • H Becquerel