“A scientist in his laboratory is not a mere technician: he is also a child confronting natural phenomena that impress him as though they were fairy tales.”- MARIE CURIE


BORN: November 7, 1867, Warsaw, Poland

DIED: July 4, 1934, Sancellemoz, Passy, Haute-Savoie, France

Awards: Nobel Prize in Physics, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, more

Discovered: Radium, Polonium

Marie Curie received a general education in local schools and some scientific training from her father. She became involved in a students’ revolutionary organization and found it prudent to leave Warsaw, then in the part of Poland dominated by Russia, for Cracow, which at that time was under Austrian rule. In 1891, she went to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne where she obtained Licenciateships in Physics and the Mathematical Sciences. She met Pierre Curie, Professor in the School of Physics in 1894 and in the following year they were married. She succeeded her husband as Head of the Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, gained her Doctor of Science degree in 1903, and following the tragic death of Pierre Curie in 1906, she took his place as Professor of General Physics in the Faculty of Sciences, the first time a woman had held this position. She was also appointed Director of the Curie Laboratory in the Radium Institute of the University of Paris, founded in 1914.Her early researches, together with her husband, were often performed under difficult conditions, laboratory arrangements were poor and both had to undertake much teaching to earn a livelihood. The discovery of radioactivity by Henri Becquerel in 1896 inspired the Curies in their brilliant researches and analyses which led to the isolation of polonium, named after the country of Marie’s birth, and radium.Curie developed methods for the separation of radium from radioactive residues in sufficient quantities to allow for its characterization and the careful study of its properties, therapeutic properties in particular.
 Not only is Marie Curie the only woman to win the Nobel Prize in two fields she was the first woman to win it and the only one to win it in more than one science.

She coined the word radioactivity and part of her achievements included theories in radioactivity. She was responsible for several techniques used in isolating radioactive isotopes as well as discovering two elements; radium and polonium.

She guided the first studies in the world on the treatment of neoplasms with radioactive isotopes. She was the founder of the Curie institutes in Paris and also in Warsaw, both are still major centers for medical research. She was responsible for forming the first military radiological centers in the field during World War II. Marie Curie was also the winner of the Davy Medal, the Franklin Medal, the Matteucci Medal and the Elliot Cresson Medal. Because of her many achievements she received many honorary degrees including doctorates from many European Universities. To this day there are numerous locations, schools and foundations named after her.

Thus on 7th November the world got this renowed lady whose discovery contributed alot in the scientific world.

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                                            Prajakta patankar.


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