Marie Curie: Brilliant Physicist and First Woman to Win the Nobel Prize

Born today was Madame Curie

Who discovered radium and succumbed to its fury.*

All for Science---to some so rad.

But my heart says it's rather sad.

*She died of aplastic anemia from overexposure to radiation.

Five curiosities of Curie's life:

1. She actually won 2 Nobel Prizes: In physics(1903) and chemistry(1911).

2. Her husband, Pierre, died in 1906 when he was struck by a carriage.

3. She took over his professorship at the Sorbonne, the first woman to teach there.

4. During World War I, a naturalized French citizen, she equipped ambulances with x-ray machines and she herself was one of the ambulance drivers. It is estimated that a million soldiers were x-rayed.

5. The Red Cross named her the head of its radiological services. [bbc.co.uk]

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  • I saw your headline and thought I'd have to chide you for not mentioning that she won two Nobel prizes. I'm glad I didn't have to. Marie Curie was a bad ass woman of STEM.

  • An awe-inspiring post. Marie Curie is really amazing.

    Thank you so much.

  • Another interesting post Aquinas, I didn't get a chance to write before, but your information on gravity was really good stuff.

    Also, I'd like to thank Jack on his hyperlink information, it took me awhile, but I figured it out. Aquinas, I hope you don't mind, but I tested it on an old post of yours, I left the word 'test' which links to the HTML page.

  • Great post.

    Think of all the lives he helped.

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