Madame Curie's role in Nuclear


About Curie

Maria was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867. She received scientific training from her father, who was a secondary school teacher. she left Warsaw, to go to Paris and studied so she could obtained Licenciateships in physics and mathematical sciences in 1891. She was one of five women to earn this degree. She later met Pierre Curie, who was a professor in school for physics. Married him in 1895.

After College

She succeeded her husband as head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, gained her Doctor of science degree in 1903, after her husband died in 1906 she took his place as professor of General physics in the faculty of sciences. She was the first women to hold this position. Later, she was appointed Director of the Curie laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris in 1914. She later changed her name to Marie and was now an official scientist, studying of properties of Magnetism for her Doctorate in Physics.

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Curie and her husband discovered the elements radium and polonium, and she "coined" the term "radio-activity", which she won the Nobel Prize for once. Secondly she won the noble Prize for Chemistry for determining the Atomic weight of Radium. she also received, jointly with her husband, the Davy Medal of the Royal Society in 1903. In 1921, president Harding (U.S), on Behalf of the women of America, presented her with one gram of Radium in recognition of her service to science.

She later appeared at the American Museum of Natural History, where an exhibit commemorated her discovery of radium. Also the American Chemical Society, the New York mineralogical Club, cancer research facilities and the Bureau of Mines held events in her honor.

Work Cited

"Biography." Marie Curie. The Nobel Foundation, 1911. Web. 19 May 2013

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