Essay on Marie Curie

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Marie Curie

Marie Sklodowska Curie was born on November 7, 1867, in Warsaw, Poland, as the fifth and youngest child. Marie's mother was a principal at an all-girls school, and Marie's father taught math and physics. Even as a toddler Marie was always wanting to learn. At the age of four Marie basically taught herself how to read, even though her parents disapproved. She pursued a higher level of education even though she was already two years younger than her classmates. She graduated at the age of sixteen with a gold medal. It was hard to pursue a university education because Poland at the time was being ruled by Russia, and Russia did not like the women to be educated. At the age of eighteen, Marie spent her time teaching peasant
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They married the next year, and it was considered a perfect marriage because both Curies were passionate about science. Together they worked on discovering Polonium, which was named after Poland, and radium. Marie and Pierre had two daughters, Irene and Eve, but having children did not stop them from working on what they loved. Marie was able to be a both an excellent mother and scientist. Pierre's unexpected death in 1906 was a shock to Marie, but she continued in her study and in 1911 was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the isolation of pure radium.
"During World War I Marie, helped by her daughter, organized a radiological service for the French army. She herself rode ambulances to the front, with X- ray equipment, bringing immediate help to the wounded, she and put together numerous radiological stations with trained personnel. Upon Curie's discoveries Radium Institute was founded in Paris, a universal center for nuclear physics and chemistry. In 1922 Marie was awarded a membership in the Academy of Medicine, and she committed her research to medical applications of radioactive substances." (Source 2)
Marie did not like fame or publicity. Albert Einstein said about her: "Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings, the only one whom fame has not corrupted". She worked with determination, and was awarded $50,000 in 1929 from U.S. President Hoover to buy radium for laboratory research in Warsaw. Marie was a member of the Conseil du

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