Essay Marie Curie: One of the Most Influential Women in Science

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Marie Curie is commonly known for her contributions on radiation and her discoveries of Radium and Polonium and is seeing as one of the most important women’s to change history in science. She was born November 7th, 1867 in Warsaw, Poland. Both of her parents believed that education was of great importance. Marie was the youngest of five children and when she was eight her oldest sister caught typhus and died. Less than three years later her mother passed away after fighting tuberculosis for five years. It is said that her first lessons in chemistry and physics were taught to her by her father who was a Professor of Math and Physics. Even though Marie had her mothers and sisters death she did not let it affect her academic success and was …show more content…
While in Paris she met Pierre Curie who was a Professor in the School of Physics; he later became her husband and had two daughters. Pierre was a Lab chief in the Paris Municipal School of Industrial Chemistry and Physics where they shared a lab and he later gave her a lab for her. Marie and Pierre worked together conducting research with Radium and in 1903 received the Noble Prize for their research on radiation, that same year she received her Doctor of Science. In 1906 Pierre her husband died in an accident where he slipped and fell in the street where his head was crushed by a wheel of a horse car. She took his place as Professor of General Physics taking over his classes at the Sorbonne. She was later appointed Director of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris. While conducting research with her husband they worked under difficult conditions and their lab was in poor conditions that earning a living was not possible. Thanks to Henri Becquerel discovery of radioactivity Marie and Pierre were inspired to conduct research which eventually led them to the isolation of Polonium and Radium. They later developed methods which allowed separation of Radium in quantities which helped them study Radium therapeutic properties. Throughout her life she promoted the use of Radium especially during World War I. Marie

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