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Marie Skłodowska-Curie 2
By Natalia Wolowska

  1. 1867

    Early Years

    "Maria Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, in the Russian partition of Poland, on the 7th, November 1867, the fifth and youngest child of well-known teachers."

  2. 1891

    New Life in Paris

    "In late 1891, she left Poland for France. In Paris, Maria (or Marie, as she would be known in France) rented a garret in the Latin Quarter, and proceeded with her studies of physics, chemistry, and mathematics at the University of Paris, where she enrolled in late 1891."

  3. 1894

    Pierre Curie

    "During her studies, Marie Skłodowska met Pierre Curie. It was their mutual interest in natural sciences that drew them together. Pierre was an instructor at the School of Physics and Chemistry in Paris. They were introduced by the Polish physicist, Professor Józef Wierusz-Kowalski."

  4. 1898

    The Discovery of Polonium & Radium

    "In July 1898, Curie and her husband published a joint paper announcing the existence of an element which they named “polonium”, in honour of her native Poland. On 26 December 1898, the Curies announced the existence of a second element, which they named “radium”, from the Latin word for “ray”. "

  5. 1903

    Nobel Prize

    "In December 1903, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences awarded Pierre Curie, Marie Curie, and Henri Becquerel the Nobel Prize in Physics. Marie was the first woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize"

  6. 1911

    Second Nobel Prize

    "Curie received another great honor in 1911, winning her second Nobel Prize, this time in chemistry. She became the first scientist to win two Nobel Prizes. While she received the prize alone, she shared the honor jointly with her late husband in her acceptance lecture."

  7. 1934

    Final Days

    "All of her years of working with radioactive materials took a toll on Curie’s health. In 1934, Curie went to the Sancellemoz Sanatorium in Passy, France, to rest and regain her strength. She died there on July 4, 1934, of aplastic anemia, which can be caused by prolonged exposure to radiation."

  8. 1995


    "Marie Curie remains the most famous female scientist of all time, and has received numerous posthumous honors. In 1995, her and her husband’s remains were interred in the Panthéon in Paris. Curie became the first woman to be laid to rest there."

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