Marie Curie

Scientist & Teacher

Early Life

Marie Curie was born on November 7, 1867, to two teachers. One taught mathematics and the other taught physics. Curie was one of five children. At an early age in Curie's life, her sister, Zofia, died of typhus, and later her mom died of tuberculosis. This was a depressing time for Curie and she began feeling a lack of support from her other family members. This lead Curie to start studying and eventually become a teacher at the University of Paris. While attending the University of Paris , she met her future husband Pierre Curie, only to find they shared the same intrest in becoming a scientist.

The Curie Scientists

June 1898, the Curies announced the existence of a new element, polonium. Later that year, they announced that they had found another element, radium. After hard work over the new elements, polonium and radium, Curie earned her first nobel prize and shared it with her husband, Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel. With this, she became the first woman to win a nobel prize. Then in 1911, she received her second nobel prize, becoming the first person to win two nobel prizes in different categories.

The Death of the Curies

On April 19, 1906, Marie Curie lost her husband in a street accident. Then twenty-seven years later, Curie lost her life to a fatal explosion of aplastic anemia. She was buried next to her husband in Sceaux, France. Sixty years later, in 1995, the remains of the couple were taken to the Pantheon in Paris, mainly as a means of honor and respect.