Less than three years later her mother passed away after fighting tuberculosis for five years. It is said that her first lessons in chemistry and physics were taught to her by her father who was a Professor of Math and Physics. Even though Marie had her mothers and sisters death she did not let it affect her academic success and was the best student in her class. She graduated at the age of 15 from high school where she received a gold medal for her academic success. Marie knew she wanted to get an advance degree yet this was not possible since women were not allowed to enroll at the University of Warsaw.
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Curie, at a young child, was fond of physics as her father. She was smart and inquisitive student and very much excelled at school. However, soon the family fell under hardship. Her father lost his job due to Russian oppression and after a bad investment deal, the family became bankrupted. Soon after her eldest sister died of typhus and at only the age of 11, Curie lost her mother, Bronisłtwa, to tuberculosis.
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