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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Marie Curie discovered the chemical elements Polonium and Radium. Her discoveries help treat tumors, provide atomic heat sources, and many other things. Curie was the first women to win the Nobel Prize.

Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7th, 1857. She lived with her mother, father and three sisters. At age 10, her mother passed away and soon after she started attending boarding school.

Marie Curie graduated high school at 15 with a gold medal and as a top student. Curie wanted to go to college, but he father had little money and a higher education was not offered for girls in Poland at that time. In November of 1891 at age 24, Curie went to Paris to study Chemistry, Math, and Physics at Sorbonne University. While there, she studied the chemical element, Uranium.





Marie Curie married Pierre Curie in 1895. They had two daughters named Ève Curie and Irène Joliot-Curie.


Marie Curie died on July 4th, 1934 from aplastic anemia, which can be caused by exposure to radiation. Her daughter, Irène Joliot-Curie, followed in her mother's footsteps and went on to win the Nobel Prize while her sister, Ève Curie, became a journalist and wrote a biography about their mother.


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