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Marie Curie

Research Scientist, Physics and Radioactivity (1867-1934)

Marie Curie was a very important scientist who was born in Poland and later lived in France. Marie worked hard to get a university education, and graduated from the Sorbonne University in Paris with top honors. For her doctorate degree, Marie researched the element Uranium, and she discovered radioactivity. Marie's husband, Pierre, joined her in research, and both of them discovered many things about radioactivity. Marie and Pierre discovered two elements, Radium and Polonium. Marie and Pierre received a Nobel Prize in physics, and later, Marie became the first person to ever receive a second Nobel Prize. This Nobel Prize was awarded to Marie for her research on radium. Marie balanced her research and family life, continuing to make discoveries while raising her children. Marie and her husband felt that radium, since it burns almost anything, could be used to kill cancer cells. Marie helped raise money to buy radium and started research centers to learn more about its uses.

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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.