Marie Curie

Founder of Radium and Polonium

Born: November 7th 1867 Died: July 4th 1934

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Early Life

Born Marya Sklodowska, the fifth and youngest child of Bronsitwa Boguska, a pianist, singer, and teacher, and Ladislas Sklodowski, a professor of mathematics and physics. Bronsitwa Sklodowska, Marie's mother, died of tuberculosis when Marya was not yet eleven, leaving Ladislas Sklodowski as his daughter's main role model.


As a child, Marie, would study with her thumbs in her ears and her head resting in her hands to block out noise and keep focus. Her sisters thought that was ridiculous, so to mess with her they stacked up chairs on top of each other, one after another. Oblivious Marie kept focus on her homework, when she finished she was so frightened and furious! She screamed and cryed over what happpened. But her sisters just laughed and laughed!


Marie, in Poland, was not allowed to further her education, so she took part in the private, illegal "Floating University" this was because women in Poland were not allowed to further their education after High school


Finally, in November, 1891, Marya left Poland and registered at the Sorbonne under the French version of her first name, "Marie."

Getting involved

Marie Curie, as a young girl, loved physics, and as she grew older, she grew even fonder of the science. She had to use an old shed-turned-laboratory as her main lab but that didn't stop her. Society was about to be granted two new elements.
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Choices & Results

Pierre, Marie's husband, decided to abandon his research and join in on Marie's. Together they discovered two elements: Polonium and Radium

They decided not to patent their work because they wanted to share the accomplishment and not have profit.

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In her words

Marie Curie did everything she did with all of her heart, she did what she did for her love of science and to further the science community. There was no other purpose but for her joy of Physics. As she states, "My love for science is greater than many could ever imagine".

Radium Aftermath

After Marie and Pierre discovered Radium they furthered their research into the element, sadly, Pierre died from a horse-drawn carriage accident only three years after the discovery, leaving Marie to further her research alone. 30 years later Marie passed from cancer because of her own research, the radioactivity infected her.

Words for her

"..I am proud of my sister, for all she has done and worked for..."

~Bronisława Dłuska

Legacy

Thanks to Marie Curie we have Radium, Polonium, Radiotherapy to treat cancer, and many more scientific accomplishments.

Annotated Bibliography

A Honeymoon Glimpse of Marie and Pierre Curie."

Gale World History in Context

. Detroit: Gale, 2012.

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|MOYOOX013328635

"Marie Curie in Her Laboratory."

History of Modern Science and Mathematics

. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002.

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|CV2210064103

"Marie Curie."

Science and Its Times

. Ed. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer. Vol. 5: 1800 to 1899. Detroit: Gale, 2000.

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GALE|PC3408587397

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Marie Curie in her laboratory. Undated photograph."

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

World History In Context

. Web. 4 May 2016.

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|PC3446987194

Marie Curie in her laboratory. Undated photograph."

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

World History In Context

. Web. 4 May 2016.


Gale Document Number:

GALE|PC3446987194

Marie Curie in her laboratory. Undated photograph."

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

World History In Context

. Web. 4 May 2016.

URL

http://go.galegroup.com/ps/i.do?id=GALE%7CPC3446987194&v=2.1&u=prof_t&it=r&p=GPS&sw=w&asid=fb32c6bb4310e8676170cd6c5cd84688


Gale Document Number:

GALE|PC365228951



Marie Curie in her laboratory. Undated photograph."

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

World History In Context

. Web. 4 May 2016.

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GALE|PC344674563

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Marie Curie in her laboratory. Undated photograph."

Europe 1789-1914: Encyclopedia of the Age of Industry and Empire

. Ed. John Merriman and Jay Winter. Vol. 2. Detroit: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2006.

World History In Context

. Web. 4 May 2016.

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|PC3446987194

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With the success of Marie Curie, more women were being urged to pursue a career in the sciences."

American Decades Primary Sources

. Ed. Cynthia Rose. Vol. 3: 1920-1929. Detroit: Gale, 2004.

Gale Biography In Context

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|PC3490287655

Marie Curie in Her Laboratory."

History of Modern Science and Mathematics

. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002.

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. Web. 4 May 2016.

URL

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Gale Document Number:

GALE|CV2210064103

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