Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Maria Salomea Sklodowska was born on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw. She married Pierre Curie (July25, 1895). They were not just a married couple, their marriage was the start of a partnership in science. The birth of their two daughters ,Irène and Ève (1897, 1904), didn't interrupt the scientific work of Marie. In 1906 Pierre Curie suddenly died. She devoted all her energy into completing the scientific work that they had undertaken. She died of exposure to radioactivity in 1934

Marie Curie's family was Polisch nobility, but they lost all their money. When Marie was young Poland was occupated by Russia. Her dad read Polish poems to his children, while this was forbidden. Women weren't allowed to go to university in Poland. In Poland scientists gave secret lesson to women (floating university). Marie Curie attended these lessons.


Marie Curie and her husband thought of the idea that radioactivity is one of the fundamental traits of atoms in different chemical substances. They also: - determined techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes- discovered two new elements (polinium and radium)- conducted studies on the use of radioactive materials to treat neoplasms (cancers)


Marie Curie died of exposure to radioactivity. She got ill because of the many years of exposure. She used to carry her tools in her handbag. She died of leucemia in 1934.


- First person to discover radiation in 1898- 1903 awarded the Nobel Prize in Phyisics for the discovery of radioactive lements- First woman to win the nobel prize- 1911 awarded a nobel prize in chemistry for her work in radium andradium compounds- First person to be awarded a second nbel prize- 1914 Marie Curie was apointed head of the Paris institute of Radium- She helped and found the Curie institute- She was important for women (the rights of women)

Marie Curie"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less." ~Marie Curie

During the first world war Marie wanted to serve by using x-ray machines that were built into cars.She could take these cars to the battlefield hospitals. With the x-ray machines doctors could treat the wounded soldiers better.Irène Curie became a nurse at the age of 17 to help her mother. She worked with her mother on the battlefield. Marie trained 150 women so that they could be x-ray technicians.


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