Marie Sklodowska Curie

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Marie Sklodowska Curie

Marya Slodowska (later to change her name to Marie) was born November 7th, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland to Bronislava Sklodowska and was the youngest of five children. Her childhood was a sad one when her older sister, Zosia, died at age 14 and was soon followed two years later when thier mother died when Marie was only 11 years old. To keep her mind off it, Marie kept herself busy with her studies. She graduated highschool in 1883 when she was 15, first in her class. Then, for two years she worked as a governess in order to earn enough money to go to the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. She graduated college in 1893, again, first in her class. Marie then went on to marry Pierre Curie and have two children, Irene and Eve. Sadly, in 1906 she was widowed when Pierre was struck in the head by a heavy horse-drawn carrage, killing him instantly. Her oldest daughter,Irene, replaced Pierre as her mother's lab partner. However, by the late 1920s thier health began to decrease drastically. Both mother and daughter suffered from leukemia, a cancer in the blood, due to frequent exposure to high levels of radioactivity. Finally, on July 4, 1934, it became too much and Marie passed away at age 66. Today, she would be 246 years old and her notebooks are still too radioactive to handle. Even today, Marie Sklodowska Curie is celebrated as one of the most famous people in her time.

Accomplishments

~Marie earned her masters degree in mathimatics in 1894 along with a PhD in physics.~She created the portable X-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers in World War I.~Marie descovered radium and polonium through her work with uranium which is found in the rock "pitchblende". During this time she also came up with the term "radioactivity" which describes elements that give off rays.~She recieved two Nobel Prizes.~Became the first woman to become a professor at the Sorbonne University.

Marie Curie had a lasting impact on women in science. She inspired many by being a positive role model. In addition, her invention of the portable X-Ray machine was revolutionary at the time and saved many lives. Being able to bring portable medical care to the injured soldiers in WWI brought about a whole new way of looking at medicine. Finally, Marie Curie's discovery of radium and it's impact on helping to cure cancer saved lives all by itself, and again, inspired other scientists and doctors to consider expanding their views of treatment. Marie's contributions to science had a lasting impact even today, over 200 years later.

Bibliography

~www.aip.org/history/curie/brief/03_radium/radium_2.html~www.aip.org/history/curie/brief/03_radium/radium_3.html~www.womenshistory.about.com/od/mariecurie/p/marie_curie.htm

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