Marie Curie

How They Croaked- You Glow Girl

Brief Bio

Marie Curie was a scientist in France.


Born: November 7,1867

Warsaw, Poland


Died: July 4, 1934

Savoy, France


She was only 66 years old when she died.

A Brief History

Marie Curie was the superwoman of science. Science was more important to her than people, sleeping, money, and eating. She had to be a superwomen to make it in the male-dominant field of science. One day she saw something glowing called uranium. To figure out what was glowing, she had 8 tons of mountainous rubble known as pitchblende hauled in carts and dumped at the door of her school lab. it took Marie 4 years to boil, coax, and reduce the glowing down to 1/5 of a teaspoon. Marie worked day in and day out for 9 years, but then later died from over exposure to radiation.
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Disease; How Marie Curie Croaked

She died on July 4, 1934, in France, when she was only 66 years old. The cause of death was aplastic anemia caused by continuous exposure to radiation.

Technology use during the time

Technology:


  • X-Ray
  • Trucks
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Why She was Historically Significant

Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie won the Nobel Prize in Physics together with Antoine Henri Becquerel. A couple of years later Marie became the first woman professor at the Sorbonne, and taught Radioactivity 101. They called her super woman Marie, because she was one of the first woman to make it in a male-dominant field. She later then won another Nobel Prize, by herself, but this time is Chemistry. She then died from over exposure to Radiation years later but that was sort of a good thing because now we know that Radiation kills cancer cells.

Events that happened throughout Marie's life:

1903- In December of 1903 Marie and her husband Pierre won the Nobel Prize in Physics together.


1906- In 1906 Marie became the first woman professor at Sorbonne, she taught Radioactivity 101.


1906- In 1906 Marie's husband, Pierre, was hit by a horse-drawn cab and died.


1911- Marie won her second Nobel Prize, but this time for Chemistry.


1934- On July 4, 1934 Marie died by continuous exposure to radiation.

Vocabulary

1. Uranium: the chemical element of atomic number 92, a gray, dense radioactive metal used as a fuel in nuclear reactors.


2. Pitchblende: a form of the mineral uraninite occurring in brown or black pitchlike masses.


3. Crystallography: the branch of science concerned with the structure and properties of crystals.


4. Piezoelectric Quartz: they generate an electrical charge when mechanical pressure is applied to them.


5. Kryptonite: a person's weakness.