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Marie Curie

Posted February 21, 2006 12:36 PM by Chris Leonard
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Marie Curie was born Marya (or Maria) Sklodowska in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867. She died of leukemia in July, 1934, largely brought on by her experiments with radium.

She met Pierre Curie, Professor in the School of Physics at the Sorbonne, in Paris in 1894. They married in 1895. Together they expanded on Henri Becquerel's discovery of radiation in 1896, discovering and isolating polonium and radium.

Personal Accomplishments
She succeeded her husband as Head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, and gained her Doctor of Science degree in 1903. After Pierre died in 1906, she took his position as Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences. She was the first woman to hold this position.

Mme. Curie developed methods for the separation of radium from radioactive residues in sufficient quantities to allow for its characterization and the careful study of its properties, therapeutic properties in particular.

In 1903, together with Becquerel, the Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their discovery of natural radioactivity. In 1911 she received a second Nobel Prize, this time in Chemistry, in recognition of her work in radioactivity.

She was also appointed Director of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris, founded in 1914.

Some of her most important works include Recherches sur les Substances Radioactives (1904), L'Isotopie et les Éléments Isotopes and Traité' de Radioactivité (1910).

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Add something about her Humanitarian efforts

02/21/2006 2:06 PM

and her advances in women's rights. How about the fact that she pioneered the use of mobile x-ray "cars" to help find and remove shrapnel from WW I soldiers - and that these cars were driven by 150 women. http://www.woodrow.org/teachers/ci/1992/MarieCurie .html

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Correct link

02/22/2006 4:45 PM

The link in the post above is broken. The correct link is:
www.woodrow.org/teachers/ci/1992/MarieCurie.html

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Re: Marie Curie

07/03/2007 2:37 PM

Nowadays, the powers that be in their infinite wisdom don't allow husband and wife to work in the same department due to fears of nepotism. Looking at the Curies, it makes you wonder if this undermines research. If someone is qualified for a job at a university, they should get it, regardless if their husband or wife works there. At least that's my opinion.

As for Madam Curie, her contributions to science were immeasurable. I hope I can be half the scientist she was (and that's ambitious).

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Re: Marie Curie

11/27/2007 4:10 PM

hi im sam and i need help finding a women scientist thats not from europe and usa to do paper about her

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04/02/2009 12:26 PM

SHE IS THE BEST WOMAN SIENCTIST

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10/29/2009 10:54 PM

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