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Marie Curie

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Marie Curie was born Maria Skodowska in Warsaw, Russian-occupied Poland on November 7, 1867 and died July 4, 1934, in Sancellemoz, France. A Polish-French physicist and chemist, she was a pioneer in the early field of radioactivity, later becoming the first two-time Nobel laureate and the only person to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields of science (physics in 1903 and chemistry in 1911). She also became the first woman appointed to teach at the Sorbonne. Marie Curie discovered Polonium (Radium-F) on November 1, 1898. From a ton of pitchblende, one-tenth of a gram of radium chloride was separated in April 20, 1902.


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  1. Marie and Pierre! Their picture together in their Paris lab in 1904 (see the Wikipedia site) show how handsome they both are, and how serious they were in their pose in their equipment-laden lab near the university- a lab that had very little heat, and water coming through the roof.  Their garret poverty did not prevent the both of them from being on the leading edge of discovering so much of life of chemistry, radioactivity and the importance of science in our lives. Bravo Marie and Pierre!