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Marie Curie

The life and acomplishments of Marie Curie.

Anna Claire Atkins

on 6 May 2010

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MARIE Curie Marie Curie was the greatest female scientist ever to come from Europe. Marie Curie was a smart child but was constantly picked on by her siblings. Curie came from a large family. Her mother was always sick and for fear of infection, would not let her children touch her. Marie graduated top of her high school class. Marie grew up on Russia. Marie, her family, and many other schoolmates and friends of hers were Polish. Poles were oppressed in Russia. They could not say certain things, read certain things, or speak their native language. Russian officials would challenge students on Russian heritage and language. Marie's class would depend on her to answer correctly. Many teachers taught in Polish in secret. Becoming a GOVERNESS. Marie took up a job as a governess after highschool. Marie and her sister Bronya made a deal. Both girls were intelligent. Marie would go and work as a governess and send most of her money to Bronya. Once Bronya got out of college she would fund Marie's education. So, Marie graduated. Next, Marie needed a lab. While searching for a lab.... Marie met Pierre. The two married and they had two daughters Irene and Eve. But this is not what made her famous. She and Pierre were inseperable. Marie was inspired by Becquerel's work. Becquerel discovered that Uranium emitted rays through most objects and could develop pictures on photographic plates. Marie tested EVERY element. She used a piezoelectric quartz electrometer her husband created with his friend and found that Uranium and Thorium produced...( McClafferty 33. ) X-RAYS Marie discover pitchblende had 4x more radiation than Uranium So, here was Marie, she was poor and had a great idea that she couldn't fund. The Austrian government donated "mine waste" that was considered worthless so that if Marie found something, it could become profitable. The Curies discovered something in the ton of powder. Two new elements. Polonium and Radium They isolated the two elements and recieved a... Nobel Prize They shared the 1903 Physics award with Dr. Becquerel ( McClafferty 52). Marie was the first woman to win a Nobel. Sadly, Pierre was struck by a horse drawn carriage and died. Marie was becoming famous. A Radium Institute was to be built for her along with space for a Pasteur lab to research if Radium could be used to cure cancer. However, the Germans declared war on France and all of her assistants were drafted. In her free time, Marie decided to help the war effort. She converted cars donated from rich women into to mobile X-ray machines called... Little Curies After the war was over Marie could return to her work. Marie worked tirelessly for years and finally isolated Radium. She was awarded a second Nobel in 1911, as the first person to ever do such a thing. Marie never patented her methods for isolation and was poor for most of her life. People took advantage of her discovery. Radium became "cures" People created crazy product to cure: Obesity Acne Body aches Most products were fraud. Then, people got sick. People breathed, consumed, and handled Radium. Many died a horrible death Bones rotted. Tissue died. Paralysis. Marie herself became sick. Started with finger paralysis. Cataracts. Kidney malfunctions. and leukemia, the cause of her death on July 4, 1934.

Marie Curie changed the World "I have no dress except the one I wear every day. If you are going to be kind enough to give me one, please let it be practical and dark so that I can put it on afterwards to go to the laboratory." "Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less."
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