Uranium Mining

17 September 2018


Dates and Milestones in the History of Uranium Research

1789 — German chemist Martin Heinrich Klaproth discovers uranium mistakenly assuming uranium dioxide to be pure metal. Calls it after the planet Uranus.

1841 — French chemist Eugène Péligot isolates the first sample of uranium metal.

1896 — French physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel by accident discovers radioactivity of uranium.

1934 — French researchers Irene and Frederic Joliot-Curie discover artificial radioactivity phenomenon.

early 1939 — German physicists Otto Hahn and Lise Meitner perform the first experiments with artificial uranium nuclear fission.

March 1939 — Frederic Joliot-Curie receives a chain reaction effect as a result of exposure of U235 isotope to neutrons.

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