Her-story Thursdays: Marie Curie


Many of you have probably heard of Marie Curie, a physicist and chemist whose work on radioactivity made her well known throughout the world. She was the first women to not only win a Nobel Prize, but win it twice.  Born in Poland on November 7 1867, Marie studied in Warsaw, before moving to France with her older sister and getting several more degrees. She married Pierre Curie in 1895, and subsequently shared her first Nobel Prize in Physics with him and one other scientist in 1903. She later won another Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1911. Marie Curie was one of the most influential scientists of her time. She discovered Polonium and Radium, developed the theory of relativity, and founded the Curie Institutes, both in Paris and Warsaw. She also put into place the first X-ray centers in World War I.

Marie Curie died on July 4, 1934 from aplastic anemia brought on by years of close contact with radiation. Since no one really knew or understood the dangers of radiation til much later, Mme Curie did not know the safe or proper way to handle radioactive materials. Marie Curie's work on radiation and isotopes paved the way for more research into radiation and radioactivity as well as lead the way for the first nuclear radiation research to begin. She also broke down countless barriers in the scientific world by becoming the first women ever to win a Nobel Prize.



* Authors note: This post was originally supposed to be published on Thursday, but apparently I forgot to schedule this post to be published for that time, whoops!