Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.

"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

Marie Curie is a Polish scientist that, and the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She graduated from Sorborne on July 1865 in France. She then began to work with Uranium, and discovered the element Polonium and Radium, it was named after her native country Poland. She also made the theory of radioactivity. She won two Nobel Prizes in different fields, chemistry and physics. During the first world war Marie Curie helped with a portable x-ray. She devoted her life to medicine and pioneered the research that led using radioactivity for cancer treatments.

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Discovers Radium and Polonium

In 1903 Marie curie recieved the Nobel Prize in physics along with her husband Pierre Curie and Professor Antoine Henri Becquerel. Pierre and Marie recieved the award for "the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel". Antonie Henri Becquerelrecieved the award for "the extraordinary services he has rendered by his discovery of spontaneous radioactivity'

In 1911 Marie Curie won a Nobel Prize for the second time, this time for chemistry. She did not share the Nobel Prize with others. She was awrded in recognition of her services to the advancement of chemistry by the discovery of the elements radium and polonium, by the isolation of radium and the study of the nature and compounds of this remarkable element".

In 1922 Marie Curie decided to devote her life to medicine she became a memeber of the French Academy of Medicine. She dedicated her researches to the study chemistry, substances that are radioactive. She tried to find ways how to apply the new substances to the medical field.

Marie and Pierre Curie were intrigued in the discovery of radiation. Curie began doing research on Uranium radiations she measured the radiations. The radiations were greater than Uranium thus shwoing that there were other elements that was more reactive than Uranium. She was the first to use the term "radioactive" to describe elements that give off radiation off their nucleus. This led to the discovery of two new elements Radium and Polonium.


Wins Nobel Prize with husband


Wins another Nobel Prize



The X-ray is used in battle

Devotes life to medicine

In 1932 Marie Curie founded the radium institute in Poland, it is now known as the Maria Sklodowska-Curie Memorial Cancer Center and Institute of Oncology. In the institute there are about 200 researchers from specialists in modern oncology, molecular and cell biology, radiobiology, nuclear medicine, medical physics. The center has different departments such asTumor Biology, Molecular Biology, Experimental and Clinical Radiobiology, Epidemiology, Medical Physics and Nuclear Medicine.

Starts health facilty


In 1914 during the first world war the x-ray is used in battle. Marie provided relief to the wounded in the battlefield. She invented a portable radiology units this would help surgeons with wounded warriors. Surgery would be more efficient because the doctors would know the exact affected area. She also made needles that were hollow containing radon that was to be used for sterilization. Marie Curie saved the lives of 100's of soldiers because of her inventions.


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