And the Study of Radioactivity
Poland and the Sorbonne
Marie was born in 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. In a family of seven, Vladislov, her father, and Bronislawa, her mother, were both schoolteachers. To young Marie, Poland was a cage. Russia had controlled parts of it for over a century. Her parent's couldn't afford to send all of her siblings to university, and Poland wasn't even willing to give women college education. Making things even worse, her mother died and left their family with little money. She dreamed that someday she might attend the Sorbonne (University of Paris), where she could continue her education.
The Female Image
Studies with Pierre
The contents of pitchblende
The outcomes and consequences
- Pierre almost won the Nobel prize in Physics of 1903 for research on radioactivity, but he told them that Marie was the one who made it possible and they worked as a team. Therefore, Marie, Pierre, and Henri Becquerel won it together.
- In 1911 Marie won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her discovery of polonium and radium.
- Davy Medal (1903) with Pierre
- Matteuchi Medal (1904) with Pierre
- Actonian Prize (1907)
- Elliot Cresson Medal (1909)
- John Scott Legacy Medal and Premium (1921)
- Benjamin Fraklin Medal (1921)
Maybe the most important reason is, well, simple. Marie's status as a female scientist was unheard of in her day. She was not only the first woman to earn a doctorate in France, but she was the first woman to win a Nobel prize. Even more, she the first of four people to ever win two Nobel prizes. Marie was able to overcome not just the victorian pressures on women, but also the grasp of the Russian government on her home country. Marie Curie was easily one of the bests scientist throughout history.
Marie Curie Animated
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