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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Marie Curie, born Sklodowska, took after her father, a math and physics professor. After struggling with money and taking informal, secret classes, she went to Paris to complete her formal education. She received her Master's degree in Physics is 1893 and received another degree in math the following year.

In 1903 Marie Curie made history as the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. After the death of her husband in 1906, she took over his teaching position at Sorbonne as the institution's first female professor.

Currently in the world of physics scienctists continue to make discoveries. On January 21st, 2013, scientists discovered a giant Quasar group that is three times as large as the largest object in the universe and actually challenges Einstein's cosmological principle. This principle assumes that the universe is homogeneous and isotropic.

Curie's discovery of polonium and radium led to her winning another Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, in 1911. She was the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes. Her work with radium made possible the discovery of x-rays. She also pioneered the use of portable x-ray machines during World War I. After her death in 1934, she was the first and only woman to be buried in the Pantheon in Paris. Marie Curie also was honored with an element being named after her, this element is curium.

Marie Curie was introduced to Pierre Curie in 1894, a French physicist and the man who would become her husband. They made an extraordinary pair and together they discovered the radioactive element polonium, named for her home country of Poland. They discovered another radioactive material in the process and named it radium.



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