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Marie Curie

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Marie Curie, or rather Marya Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw on
November 7, 1867. At the time, the Polish capital was occupied by the
Russians, who were seeking to weaken the local elite . Based on the value of experience and scientific reality, and applied to society, it was for many intellectuals the path of progress, it was to leave an indelible mark on Marya. Born into a family of teachers and brought up in an environment marked by a sense of duty and a lack of money, she led the most remarkable life. From the premature death of one of her sisters, and later of her mother, she drew the agnosticism that would later increase her faith in science. As a brilliant and mature student with a rare gift of concentration, Marya followed the dream of a scientific career, a career inconceivable for a woman at that time. But lack of funds meant she was forced to become a private tutor. She made huge financial sacrifices so that her sister Bronia could fulfill her wish of studying medicine in Paris, hopeing that the favor might be returned.
In 1891 Marya arrived in Paris. Ambitious and self-taught, she had but one obsession, to learn. She passed a physics degree with flying colors, and went on to sit a mathematics degree. It was then that a Polish friend introduced her to Pierre Curie, a young man. In 1895 Pierre Curie acknowledged for his work on crystallography and magnetism, became her husband. &nbs...

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  • Explains that marie curie, or rather marya sklodowska, was born in warsaw on november 7, 1867.
  • Narrates how marya led a remarkable life, from the premature death of one of her sisters, and later her mother, drew the faith that would later increase her faith in science.
  • Narrates how marya made huge financial sacrifices so that her sister bronia could fulfill her wish of studying medicine in paris, hoping that the favor might be returned
  • Narrates how marie curie decided to take aphysics doctorate in 1897. henri becquerel, who was studying x-rays, observed that uranium salt left an impression
  • Narrates how marie and her wife discovered that radioactivity was not the result of chemical reactions but a property of the atom.
  • Explains that marie measured a much more intense activity than is present in uraniumalone. she discovered other substances thatwere very radioactive, such as polonium and radium.
  • Describes how marie curies and becquerel were awarded the nobel prize for physics for their discovery of natural radioactivity.
  • Narrates how irene created x-ray vans to help locate shrapnel and bullets, and facilitatesurgery. she also provided equipment for hospitals.
  • Explains that marie had to find well-trained manipulators and fight the prejudices of her day. hatred of foreigners prevented her from entering the academy of science.
  • Explains that marie's real joy was easing human suffering by founding the radium institute by theuniversity of paris and the pasteur institute in 1914.
  • Narrates how marie setabout collecting funds and raw materials, the price of which had soared as far as the united states.
  • Opines that dark economic interests should prevail. marie died of leukemia in july, 1934, exhausted and almost blind, herfingers burnt and stigmatized by her dear radium.
  • Describes how irene, who had been working in the same laboratory as her mother, discovered artificial radioactivity, for which she was awarded the nobel prize. radioactivity is the starting point for cancer treatment, dating techniques, and molecular biology.
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