In Poems

Michael Harris

Named after Marie and Pierre Curie,
Both known for their research on radioactivity.
Discovered in ’44 but kept secret,
Only in ’47 was it released from concealment.

In the dark, purple it glows,
Lighting up the darkest shadows.
Hard, dense and silvery,
It’s used in spectrometry.

Artificially made by firing neutrons at uranium,
An alpha source is Curium.


About the Author

I’m Mike and I work in the Foster Group in the Department of Chemistry at Sheffield, working on nanocomposites of polyurethane foams. I won a Gold medal at the British Student Taekwondo Federation.