You must have heard about cyanide, which is considered a very dangerous poison. Similarly, there is one more dangerous poison, called polonium 210. However, very few people know about it. It is believed that only one gram of this can put thousands of people to death. Because of this, it would not be wrong to call it the world’s most dangerous poison. So let’s know what polonium 210 is and who discovered it.

What is Polonium 210?

Polonium 210 is a radioactive element from which radiation emitted can rapidly destroy human body organs as well as DNA and immune systems. Finding its presence in a dead body is also a very difficult task. By the way, the investigation of this poison is still not possible in India.

Who discovered Polonium 210?

Marie Curie

Polonium-210 was discovered in 1898 by the famous physicist and chemist Marie Curie. She also received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the Isolation of Pure Radium in the field of chemistry. In addition, she received the Nobel Prize in Physics for her discovery of radioactivity. Although polonium was first named Radium F, it was later changed.

According to scientists, polonium-210 can kill in an instant if even small amount like a salt particle enter the human body. It is very difficult to identify, because if it is mixed in food and its taste is not known.

It is said that the first victim of polonium poison was its researcher Mary Curie’s daughter Irene Juliet Curie, who ate a small particle of it. She died instantly due to this. In addition, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, believed to be Israel’s biggest enemy, was also killed by this poison. His body was exhumed several years after his burial to investigate it. Scientists in Switzerland claimed that radioactive polonium-210 was found in the remains of his bodies.

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