Thursday, October 29, 2009

Marie Curie

I just read a little bit about the pioneering Polish-born French chemist, who was the first person to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. She was born in Warsaw in 1867 and Polish schools would not admit women. Since she could not go to school, she worked as a governess instead and sent her sister to medical school in France. Then her sister sent Curie to Sorbonne, where Curie met her husband, Pierre Curie. The couple studied radiology and discovered two new chemical elements and invented the term "radioactivity." Marie Curie died in 1934 but was an asset to the science world.

Curie said, "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood."

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