Today we pay tribute to Harriet Brooks, pioneering Canadian nuclear physicist, discovered radon in 1901. Her Ph.D. supervisor, Ernest Rutherford, compared her to Marie Curie. On the faculty of Barnard College, she was forced to resign when she became engaged, as marriage was forbidden for female faculty, a great loss to physics .
Harriet Brooks, a pioneering Canadian researcher in the field of radioactivity, and the element that she discovered, radon.
Harriet worked at the University of McGill with Ernest Rutherford, and was a key contributor to the theory that elements could be “transmuted” from one to another through radioactive decay, for which Rutherford won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908. In her short career, Brooks also travelled to Europe and worked with such notable Nobel laureates as J.J. Thomson and Marie Curie.
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