Marie and Pierre Curie

Khylee McCommas

Early Life

Marie Curie was born on Novemebr 7, 1867 to Wladslaw (father) and Bronislawa (mother) in Warsaw, Poland. She was the youngest of five children, and both of her parents were teachers. Tragedy struck at the age of 11, when Marie's mother died of tuberculosis. When she finished school at the top of her class, she wanted to further her education. She struck up a deal with her eldest sister, Bronia, and they agreed to support each other through college, while the other worked.

What life was like in Poland in the late 1800s...

The average wage was about $16 a week. However, some professions barely made $2 a week. Rent costs were $4, one pound of tea was $1.52, and a bag of flour was $1.80. The ruler at the time was Napoleon the 3rd. This era was known as the Belle Époque (Beautiful Era).

Later in Life

Marie and Pierre, who married in 1895, have daughters named Irene and Eve. Marie was a member of the Counseil du Physique Solvay and the Committee of Intellectual Co-operation of the League of Nations. She held many degrees and honorary positions. Her death was caused by a short illness, from which she died on July 4, 1934.