Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Maria Sklodowska later known as Marie Curie was born on November 7, 1867. She grew up in Warsaw Poland and was the youngest of five children. Currie was exposed to math and physics as a child because her mother Bronsitwa and father Ladislas were both teachers. Despite the fact that she graduated the top of her class she was not allowed to attend the University of Warsaw. At the time men were only allowed to attend the university. Currie was able to continue her education but she had to take secret informal classes. Since these classes were informal she was not able to obtain a degree from taking these classes. To get an recognized education Currie had to leave Poland but she did not have the money to do so. To do this Curie came up with a plan with her sister Bronya, they would work to support one another so that they both could earn a better education. Curie would tudor others to earn money and in her free time she would continue to study math, physics and chemistry. When she had enough money to go to school she went to Sorbonne located in Paris. Curie excelled as a student and earned a masters in physics and a masters in mathematics.

Family After completing her education Curie got the chance to work in a lab where she Met Pierre Curie. The pair made a great team that worked well together, inside and outside of the lab. Marie and Pierre soon developed a relationship and were later married in 1895. They would also go on to be parents to two daughters, Irene (1897) and Eve (1904). Throughout their lifetimes they worked on projects separately and together.

EDUCATIONMaria Sklodowska later known as Marie Curie was born on November 7, 1867. She grew up in Warsaw Poland and was the youngest of five children. Currie was exposed to math and physics as a child because her mother Bronsitwa and father Ladislas were both teachers. Despite the fact that she graduated the top of her class she was not allowed to attend the University of Warsaw. At the time men were only allowed to attend the university. Currie was able to continue her education but she had to take secret informal classes. Since these classes were informal she was not able to obtain a degree from taking these classes. To get an recognized education Currie had to leave Poland but she did not have the money to do so. To do this Curie came up with a plan with her sister Bronya, they would work to support one another so that they both could earn a better education. Curie would tudor others to earn money and in her free time she would continue to study math, physics and chemistry. When she had enough money to go to school she went to Sorbonne located in Paris. Curie excelled as a student and earned a masters in physics and a masters in mathematics.

Scientific ContributionsMarie Curie is best known her work with radioactive materials. She and Pierre discovered the elements polonium and radium.Curie used her scientific studies and knowledge to help out during World War I. She came up with the idea of a portable X-Ray machine. These portable X-Ray machines could be easily moved around and transported in medical vehicles. The vehicles that would carry the X-Ray machines were given the nickname “Little Curies”.

Marie Curie

Noble Prizes In 1903 Curie won the Noble Prize for her work in physics, she was the very first women to receive this honor. She won a second Noble Prize in 1911 for her work in chemistry.

Other Influences Curie was always interested by the work of Henri Becquerel. He did many studies on uranium. She got the chance to work with him which resulted in a Noble Prize.

HealthThe radioactive materials that Curie worked with negatively effected her health. She died on July 4, 1934 from anemia. She was 66.

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