Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

Marie was born November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland.

Curie discovered uranium, thorium, polonium, and radium; she coined the term of radiation. She also contributed to the development of X-rays.

Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the other in chemistry. She was the first woman to ever receive this award and the first scientist to receive two Nobel Prizes.

The tool depicted to the right was a key factor in Curie's discovery of all the elements she found. High voltage equipment used by Marie Curie was to investigate the electrical conductivity of air exposed to radium. She also often used just a simple metal box to detect the amount of radiation being emitted.

Marie Curie personally contributed to my life. My grandma is now alive, healthy, and cancer-free because of the radiation used to kill harmful cancer cells in her colon.

Important facts- Curie died at age 66.The official cause of her death was listed as aplastic pernicious anemia, caused by long-term exposure to radiation.-Her and her husband joiined forces on most of their experiments.-Marie was hired by a national scientific society to study the magnetic properties of different steels-. In June 1903, Marie completed her PhD in physics, the first woman in France to do so

Curies's study of radioactivity led to advances in the treatment of cancer as well as the development of nuclear power. She was the teacher of André-Louis Debierne who advanced science greatly by discovering the radioactive element actinium. She also influenced Marguerite Catherine Perey who impacted the world of science by discovering the element francium.

Maria was a top student in secondary school but lacked the finances for college. She still managed to get educated through Warsaw's "floating university," also classified as an underground school. She eventually got a degree in mathmatecis at Sorbonne in Paris. She also had a PhD in physics.

The Curie Foundation was established in 1920 to work on medical applications for radium. She also inspired two colleges, Institute Curie and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, both in Paris.

Modern technology that would have helped Marie Curie in her work include the Image Guided Radiation which emits radiation in specific amounts and at specific place while taking a snapshot of the object receiving the radiation and the CT-based Treatment which is currently used to treat cancer but allows people to view the radiation emitted in 3D.


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