Marie Curie, with the help of her husband Pierre Curie, discovered the rare
chemical element radium and helped to launch modern nuclear physics. This Poland born
scientist was born on November 7, 1867, to a high school physics teacher and girl's school
She graduated from high school at age 15, with a medal for excellence in her
studies. Then, two years later she took the master's examination in physics. She scored
the highest in her class.
In 1894, while completely absorbed in science, she met Pierre. Soon the physicist
became her husband. The two worked together for many years on different projects.
Among these projects was the notion that the atoms of some elements are continuously
breaking down by themselves, and giving off radiation, leading to the discovery of
radiation and radioactivity. Also, two elements, polonium and radium, were discovered.
Marie Curie, the only person to ever receive two Nobel awards, died on July 4,
1934. After she had died, an autopsy showed that her body tissue had been poisoned by
two much exposure to radioactive materials.
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Marie Curie's maiden name was Marja Sklodowska. But as she was growing up,
she was called Manya. Manya was a governess when she was 17. Part of her salary was
sent to Paris to help pay for her sister's medical school. After her sister obtained her
medical degree she married a doctor. Manya went to Paris, also. There she changed her
name to it's French equivalent, Marie. She went to a school called the Sorbonne which is
now the University of Paris. While there, she studied physics and mathematics.
Marie and her husband Pierre, that she met in school, made quite a few scientific
discoveries that lead to the advance of modern science. Marie Curie was poor, and she
and her fellow scientists carried out much of their work extracting radium under... [continues]
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