Marie curie and the discovery of radium book

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Marie Curie and the Discovery of Radium by Ann Steinke

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Marie Curie - Discoverer of Radium, Polonium - Life Story of Marie Curie - Twin Nobel Prize winner

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Marie and Pierre Curie and the discovery of polonium and radium

The scientific community has witnessed many a prominent scientist —eccentric and crazy even. But for the longest time, it was blind very willingly to the women who contributed no less. Warsaw was then a part of Russia, so Curie was born right in the middle of Polish uprisings for independence. As a result, living under difficult circumstances became a way of life. Her father, who was a teacher of mathematics and physics, brought home his entire lab when Russian authorities discontinued practical education in schools. Finally, upon association with Flying University , an institution that was covertly admitting women students, Curie found a way to continue her education.

With her husband Pierre Curie , Marie's efforts led to the discovery of polonium and radium and, after Pierre's death, the further development of X-rays. Her father, Wladyslaw, was a math and physics instructor. When she was only 10, Curie lost her mother, Bronislawa, to tuberculosis. As a child, Curie took after her father. She had a bright and curious mind and excelled at school. But despite being a top student in her secondary school, Curie could not attend the men's-only University of Warsaw. She instead continued her education in Warsaw's "floating university," a set of underground, informal classes held in secret.

Who Was Marie Curie?

She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize , is the only woman to win the Nobel prize twice , and is the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different scientific fields. She was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She studied at Warsaw's clandestine Flying University and began her practical scientific training in Warsaw. She won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Her achievements included the development of the theory of radioactivity a term she coined , [4] [5] techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes , and the discovery of two elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms using radioactive isotopes.

Marie Curie thus became the first woman to be accorded this mark of honour on her own merit. One woman, Sophie Berthelot, admittedly already rested there but in the capacity of wife of the chemist Marcelin Berthelot In point of fact — as the press pointed out — this initiative was symbolic three times over. Marie Curie was a woman, she was an immigrant and she had to a high degree helped increase the prestige of France in the scientific world. At the end of the 19th century, a number of discoveries were made in physics which paved the way for the breakthrough of modern physics and led to the revolutionary technical development that is continually changing our daily lives.


  1. Jill W. says:

    Marie and Pierre Curie and the discovery of polonium and radium

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