Quote of the week:
"Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."
"The way to progress is never swift or easy."
|Marie Curie was born in Warsaw in 1867. When she was 7, her sister died of typhus, and her mother died of tuberculosis four years later. Her family was extremely poor, but she earned money working for eight years as a nanny and moved to Paris. In 1893, she became the first woman to earn a degree in physics at the Sorbonne and was the top student in her class. She was also the first woman to be appointed a professor at the Sorbonne. Marie's husband, Pierre Curie, worked with her in their laboratory and treated her a a scientific equal (unlike most women were treated in the early 1900s). Marie won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 for her contribution to the discovery of radioactivity and the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1911 for her isolation of the elements polonium and radium. When Marie was 38, her husband died in a horse-and-buggy accident. She then raised her two daughters as a single parent (her daughter Irene went on to win her own Nobel Prize in Chemistry). Marie Curie died at the age of 67 from leukemia, possibly due to complications from long-term radiation exposure.|
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