Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Marie Curie

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We're having a youth event with a theme of people we admire: everyone has to dress as one of their role models and explain why that person is admirable. After much uncertainty, I'm thinking that I'll be going as Marie Curie.

She won the Nobel prize twice, in different categories (Physics and Chemistry), for her experiments in radioactivity and the discovery of Radium and Polonium.
She brought up two daughters, and Irene went on to also win a Nobel prize (also jointly with her husband).
In an era when higher education for women was far from the norm, she made her way through two university degrees before going on to meet her husband doing research work.
She maintained her pride in her native Poland, but remained a good French citizen.

I'm not sure what impresses me most, but I'm very impressed. I'm sure I haven't listed everything impressive that she did either!


  1. Wasn't her body found to be radioactive when she died? Or did she actually die from radiation poisoning? Can't remember!

  2. She died of aplastic anemia, which can be caused by radiation -- so I guess effectively she died of radiation poisoning. All her papers and such are kept in lead lined boxes, because they're considered so dangerous!