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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

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Maria Salomea Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7th, 1867. She was the first and only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes, and won both in two different fields, one for discovering radioactivity in elements, and the other for discovering Polonium and Radium. She lived in Paris, France for college and studied with Pierre Curie to discover radiation. The two married in 1895 and had two children. Pierre died in a carriage accident in 1906 and Marie Curie died of aplastic anemia in 1934 at the age of 66.

When she was ten years old, Maria began attending the boarding school of J. Sikorska. She spent the following year in the countryside with relatives of her father, and the next year with her father in Warsaw, where she did some tutoring. Maria's family was in extreme debt because of their involvement in gaining freedom from Russia, and went to be a governess to pay for her sister's education. Maria later went to a college in Paris and became the first woman to get a doctorate in physics and chemistry.

Marie Curie was the first ever woman to get a Nobel Prize, The first ever person to get two Prizes in two different fields (physics and chemistry) and riscovered radiation and two new elements with her husband. She often refused prestigious awards because it would interfere with her work. Marie spent time working to extract radium from pitchblende and carried this radium in her pocket, causing many of her posessions displayed today extremely radioactive.


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