Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Birth: Marie Curie was born on Nov 7 1867 to Prof. Waldyslan Sklodowski and Bronislava Boguski in Warsaw, Poland, at the time it was controled by Russia.Education:Marie Curie went to the Freta Street School until she was six and a half. (Her mother was the headmistress.)Then she was enrolled in Russian Gymnasium #3. In 1882 when she was 15 she graduated at the top of her class in 1882. She enrolled at Sorbonne in Paris in 1891.

Personal Life

1.Marie was the first woman to get a PhD in Europe.2.Marie was the first woman to get a Nobel Prize in 1911. 3.Marie made almost pure radium. (Purity is nearly impossible.) Also she identified Radium as an element.4. She named the rays that emenate from all elements radiation. 5.She built a portable X-ray that could fit in a van.

Youth:Marie Curie was a middle child of four. Her father was a teacher and gave Marie her love of science. Marie's mother was the principal of the Freta Street School, the only private girls school in Poland at the time.Adult:Marie Curie was married to Pierre Curie in 1894. They had two children.Irene was born in 1897 and was a scientist like her mother and father.Eve was born in 1904 and was pretty and musically talented. She was often described as Irene's alter ego.During WW1 Irene and Marie worked on training women to use X-ray cars, or Curies, as they were called.Pierre was killed by a horse and cart in 1906.

Lasting Impact

Marie Curie is best known for discovering radiation. Radiation is important because it is the only property of metal that cannot be changed by a process. As an example, strength, malleability, and brittleness can be changed by heat.


Goldsmith, Barbara. Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie. New York: W.W. Norton, 2005. Print.Merriman, John. Marie Curie. Detroit: Gale, 2006. Print.Weiss, Giselle. Murie Curie. Vol. 1. Farmington Hills: Gale, 2001. Print.

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Career Highlights


When she discovered Radium Marie Curie was doing her research in an old leaky shed. Before the shed was used for cadavers but it was too leaky and damp to keep the corpses dry. Marie and Pierre kept their results in several notebooks. You could tell whose was whose because while Marie wrote in an organized eligible script, Pierre wrote in an untidy scrawl.

Research Methods

Marie Curie’s love of science was inspired by her father. Her father was a professor in the sciences and often explained the uses of devices or problems to her. Her father also secretly taught Polish history to his students to give them a sense of national pride.

Scientific Inspration

Marie died almost blind in 1932. Several conditions she had suggested she might have suffered from leukemia.

Cool Fact: Even today Marie and Pierre’s clothes, papers, notes, and instruments are still tainted with radioactivity.


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