It's All French To Me

National French Week

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French-Speaking Scientists, Inventors, and Mathmaticians

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Marie Curie

Born: November 7, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland

Died: July 4, 1934 in Savoy, France

Marie Curie is best known for her work on radioactivity. Marie and Pierre Curie discovered the elements, polonium and radium. Curie was the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize in physics in 1903. She also received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911. Both her and her husband's remains were entombed in the Pantheon in Paris, France.

Louis Braille

Born: January 4, 1809 in Coupvray, France

Died: January 06, 1852 in Paris, France

Louis Braille invented braille. Louis Braille was 3 years old when he became blind due to an accident. He was fifteen when he developed a system of reading and writing by the use of six raised dots adopted from Charles Barbier. He attended the National Institute for Blind Children in Paris in 1819 and taught there from 1826.

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Louis Pasteur

Born: December 27, 1822 in Dole, France

Died: September 28, 1895 in Marnes-la-Coquette, France

Louis Pasteur is known for many accomplishments. Louis Pasteur discovered anaerobic life and staphylococcus, streptococcus, and pneumococcus, bacteria that are responsible for some human diseases. Furthermore, he developed vaccines for chicken cholera, anthrax, swine erysipelas, and rabies. Pasteur also developed the process of pasteurization; a process for heating up a liquid like milk to 55 degrees Celsius to kill of bacteria.