Marie Curie: A Biography

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Marie Curie: A Biography



Marie Curie: A Biography


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This is Marie Curie doing her work. She worked in the science field(left and right). This is Marie's Nobel Prize that she won....... Twice! (below)

Maria Sklodowska Curie was born on November 7, 1867 in Warsaw Poland. At this time, Poland had been taken over by Russia. They had to speak Russian. She went to a private elementary school. She was very smart. During highschool, she graduated first, age 15. She had a hard time getting into colleges since her family is poor and she is a female. Finally, she gets to go to Sorbonne in Paris. Her sister and Maria had to take turns going because of her family's money problems.There was a long trip there. She had no food and warmth. When she got there, she changed her name to Marie. In Paris, she marries Pierre Curie in 1895. Then she has a baby girl, Irene, in 1897. Then in 1904 her second daughter, Eve, is born. Pierre dies in 1906. Then in 1934, Marie Curie dies.

Marie Curie worked as a scientist, when no other females were scientists. Her goal in life was to be determined to succeed. Then, in 1898 she discovers two new chemical elements, Radium and Polonium. Marie observed that the two new metals glowed! They also gave off energy rays. Later, Marie called it radioactivity. Radioactivity is certain energy rays that comes from the insides of atoms in certain metals and chemicals. This new discovery would help people, in good ways and bad. Radium would help treat cancer and cure illnesses. Everyone also liked how it glowed in the dark. Her discovery also explained how x-rays worked. But, no one knew too much of radioactivity could harm people.

Marie Curie was famous for being the discoverer of radioactivity. She was the first woman scientist to win the Nobel Prize. In fact, she won it twice which is very rare. Her daughter, Eve wrote a book about Marie called,"Madame Curie." This made her famous in America. There was a building in 1914 named after her called the, "Curie Institute." Marie Curie still remains most famous female scientist in the world. There are two museums devoted to her life.

What this means to me:Reading about Marie Curie helped me know that anyone, male or female can do anything if they put their mind to it. I admire her will to succeed. Now I know I can do anything, like she did; Make a difference in society with hard work.

"Be less curious about peopleand more curious about ideas"-Marie Curie

Marie Curie founded polonium, and named it after her hometown; Poland!


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