Scientific advances have been made possible due to the revolutionary work of previous masterminds of science. Without the early scientists who were just starting to discover the world, we wouldn’t know what we do today. One of these amazing scientists was Marie Curie. She was a woman of tremendous courage and determination and it is with her work that ushered the era of atomic power. Her amazing work with radioactivity and the discovery of two key elements have helped further many scientific discoveries and have set the foundation for many modern discoveries we have made.
Marie Curie was one of the shy girls, but yet one of the most famous scientists in the world. She could care less about the money, the fame, and the attention, science and research are the only things she thought about. She never did understand why people were so interested in her, her discoveries, why her?
Marie Curie, a pioneer in her field and Nobel Prize winning Chemist, took a path that few women of her time dared and unfortunately, her passion for Science would be her ultimate demise. From birth to death Marie Curie lived a full life, with love, work, and passion at the center.
Marie Curie worked to be her best during her schooling years and used every learning opportunity. As a young child, Maria’s father taught her advanced subjects like mathematics, geography, literature, languages, and sciences. Mr. Sklodowski worked as a science teacher, and later boarded children into their compact house to study. Maria was a prominent pupil, able to affirm correct answers in both Polish and Russian. In her teen years, she schooled in a tough russian boarding school, and graduated at age 15 as the first in her class. Maria won her school’s gold medal for academics. Without money for university, Maria
Due to the nature of her father's job as a low ranking finance official, Maria's family moved around a great deal when Maria was young. Then, In 1875, when Maria was five years old, the family moved for the last time. Alessandro was transferred to Rome as an accountant first class. When Maria was six years old her parents enrolled her in the first grade of the public school on the Via di San Nicolo da Tolentino. Italy's school system was in shape, disorganized and backward. "Between 1860 and 1900 there were thirty-three ministers if education, each wit his own policies and none with enough government funds to accomplish anything at all."Maria did well, throughout school, in spite of this and, if nothing else, it showed her what education is not supposed to be.
Marie Curie is the most influential person in history. Her discovery of radium and its uses in science and technology have grown rapidly throughout history, which has contributed to everything from health science to national security. Medical care and airport security would not be as accurate or efficient without X-ray machines and radiotherapy. Marie Curie’s discovery of radium transformed science, medicine, and the roles of women throughout history. As one of the first female scientists, Marie Curie was influential in expanding roles for women in society.
Both Curie and Crick spent their lives helping society by improving and advancing the scientific field. They also had a varied assortment of magnificent talents and heroic characteristics. Last of all, but definitely not least, they both had flaws that shaped them into the wonderful heroes that changed and molded the modern world into what it is now. We must all persevere to achieve, for we all have something heroic in us. No matter how unique or commonplace your heroic traits are, we must strive to achieve excellence, as Francis Crick and Marie Curie
People discussed in the book includes those such as scientist Marie Curie whose discovery of Radium,almost ruined her career, and the writer Mark Twain, whose short story Sold to Satan featured a devil who was made of radium and wore a suit made of . Also discussed is Maria Goeppert-Mayer, a German-born American who earned a Nobel Prize in Physics for her groundbreaking work, yet continually faced opposition due to her gender.