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Woman of the Week - Marie Curie

Posted July 02, 2007 6:00 AM by julie
Pathfinder Tags: July 4 marie curie radioactivity

WoW is off this week in celebration of Independence Day here in the US. Here's a previous piece we did on Marie Curie who passed away 73 years ago this week on July 4.

Aged 66, she died of leukemia (aplastic pernicious anemia) due to the excessive amounts of radiation she had been exposed to whilst working with her materials.

On investigating her laboratory notebooks, traces of radioactivity are discovered in the fingerprints that are all over the pages. Her books are still radioactive to this very day.

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