Our company wouldn’t be able to do the work we do without the pioneers that preceded us. For every radon technician, there’s a long line of scientists and professionals who dedicated their lives to the study of chemistry and physics. This line is longer than you’d think! It dates all the way back to the 5th century B.C. philosopher Democritus, who coined the term atoma, for what he considered to be the building blocks for all matter. These are now called atoms. We can read and categorize elements of the periodic table thanks to Russian chemist Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (1834–1907).
Radioactivity is Discovered
So, we can thank the Greeks for thinking up the atom and the Russians for cataloging the elements on the periodic table. But who gets credit for the initial studies of radioactivity? Our timeline now takes us to Poland where Marie Curie (1867–1934) and her husband Pierre Curie (1859–1906) were some of the first to bring our attention to radioactivity. These studies rocketed Marie Curie to becoming the first woman to win the Nobel prize in physics. The picocurie, a measurement of radioactivity, is even named after these scientists. Not only were the Curies revolutionary in their field at the time. They can also be thanked for the discovery of Radium and Polonium. These are two elements we deal with frequently in the field of Radon. Another notable name in the history of radioactivity and a contemporary of the Curies was Antoine Henri Becquerel (1852–1908). The becquerel was named after him and is a measurement of radioactive decay.
Now onto Radon
Radon itself was discovered by German physicist Frederich Ernst Dorne (1848-1916). Despite not being officially discovered until the late 19th century, the harmful effects of radon were seen as early as the 1500’s in miners. There have been many studies produced, showing the early mortality rates caused by radon gas inhaled in these mines. These studies have encouraged governments and environmental protection agencies to take action to reduce the radon levels in homes as early as the 1970’s.
Thanks to these physicists along with many more, as well as the advancing of technology. Today we’re able to effectively measure and even mitigate radon gas in homes in nearly no time at all and for minimal costs. Taking a bit of time to measure radon in your own home can potentially save the health of your loved ones. We are always here to help test, mitigate, and advise. This wouldn’t be possible without the contributions and hard work of so many before us. So contact us for all your radon gas needs in Wichita, Kansas and throughout the state.