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Marie Curie

Marie Curie


Maria Sklodowska, better known as Marie Curie, was born in Warsaw in modern-day Poland on November 7, 1867. Her parents were both teachers, and she was the youngest of five children. As a child Curie took after her father, Ladislas, a math and physics instructor. She had a bright and curious mind and excelled at school. But tragedy struck early, and when she was only 11, Curie lost her mother, Bronsitwa, to tuberculosis.A top student in her secondary school, Curie could not attend the men-only University of Warsaw. She instead continued her education in Warsaw's "floating university," a set of underground, informal classes held in secret. Both Curie and her sister Bronya dreamed of going abroad to earn an official degree, but they lacked the financial resources to pay for more schooling.For roughly five years, Curie worked as a tutor and a governess. She used her spare time to study, reading about physics, chemistry and math. In 1891, Curie finally made her way to Paris where she enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris. She threw herself into her studies, but this dedication had a personal cost. With little money, Curie survived on buttered bread and tea, and her health sometimes suffered because of her poor diet.Curie completed her master's degree in physics in 1893 and earned another degree in mathematics the following year. Around this time, she received a commission to do a study on different types of steel and their magnetic properties. Curie needed a lab to work in, and a colleague introduced her to French physicist Pierre Curie. A romance developed between the brilliant pair, and they became a scientific dynamic duo.



1867 Marie Curie is born 1891 Marie moved to Paris 1895 Marie gets married 1897 Marie becomes a mother 1902 Marie works with radium 1903 Marie and her husband win a Nobel Prize 1904 Marie moves up 1904 Pierre becomes a teacher 1906 Marie is widowed 1911 Another Nobel Prize 1914 The x-ray is used in battle 1922 Marie devotes her life to medicine 1929 Marie Curie visits America 1932 She joins the fight against cancer 1934 Marie Curie dies

Marie Curie was famous for being an accomplished Chemist. She worked in the field of radiation. Marie was the first person to discover radiation in 1898 and identified there was radiation in many things. She was the first scientist to use the term radioactive, to describe elements that give off radiations as their nuclei break down In 1903 Marie Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of radioactive elements. Marie Curie became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.She was again awarded the Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry, for her work in radium and radium compounds. This was an important achievement, as no one had ever been awarded a second Nobel Prize, made even more remarkable as women were not commonly involved in this sort of work.In 1914 Marie Curie was further recognised by being appointed head of the Paris Institute of Radium. She then went on to help found the Curie Institute.

Famous Quote

I believe that Science has great beauty. A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician; he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.


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