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Ștefania Mărácineanu honored with a Google Doodle Celebrating the 140th birthday of the Romanian physicist


Ștefania Mărácineanu, a Romanian physicist, has been honored over 140order birthday with Google doodle. Ștefania was born in 1882 in Bucharest, Romania, and became one of the pioneers in the discovery and study of radioactivity. Mărácineanu’s doctoral thesis was on polonium, an element discovered by physicist Marie Curie. During her career, she has been involved in a number of interesting studies including the study of artificial rain, and the relationship between earthquakes and precipitation. She has never received global recognition for her contribution to the discovery of man-made radioactive material.

The Google The doodle dedicated to Ștefania Mărácineanu is a digital painting of the physicist working with polonium in her laboratory. When you click through, it will take you to the search results for Ștefania Mărácineanu. Google’s logo was also modified on the search results page, showing the physicist’s face in place of the second ‘o’. The doodle is only visible in a limited number of countries, namely Greece, India, Romania, Sweden, and the UK.

As described by Google on its doodle blog post, after graduating with a degree in physical and chemical sciences in 1910, Mărácineanu began her career as a teacher at the Central Girls’ School in Bucharest. It was during this time that Mărácineanu won a scholarship from the Romanian Ministry of Science and went on to pursue graduate studies at the Radium Institute in Paris – a worldwide center for radiological research under the direction of Dr. Famous physicist Marie Curie. To recall, Mărácineanu began his doctoral thesis on polonium, an element that Curie had discovered.

Mărácineanu’s research led to what was likely the first example of man-made radioactivity. She worked at the Astronomical Observatory in Meudon for four years before returning to Romania to establish her hometown’s first laboratory for Radioactivity research. As mentioned earlier, Mărácineanu has studied topics including artificial rain and the link between earthquakes and rainfall throughout his career.

In 1935, when Irene Curie (daughter of Marie Curie) and her husband received the joint Nobel Prize for their discovery of man-made radioactivity, Mărácineanu asked for her contribution to the discovery to be recognized as well. However, she never received global recognition for her great contribution in the field of artificial radioactivity. In 1936, the Romanian Academy of Sciences elected Mărácineanu as Research Director. She took her last breath in 1944 in Bucharest, Romania.


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