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Notorios Women in the Science World: Marie Sklodowska Curie

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Both a remarkably intelligent and profound female in the science world, Marie Skłodowska Curie changed the way science would be looked at in the future. Curie discovered the elements radium and polonium, as well as administering ground-breaking research in radioactivity. Both a chemist and a physicist, Curie won an extent of awards and honors in multiple fields. Curie set the stage for many years of boundless discoveries.

Born to Bronisława née Boguska and Władysław Skłodowski on November 7 1867 in Warsaw, Kingdom of Poland, Marie Sklodowska Curie was one of five children. Both her parents were teachers and she grew up rather poor so her family tried to invest to recover from previous losses, but the investment turned up weak; with this the family decided to board boys in their home. When she was ten years old her mother died of tuberculosis three years after her sister Zofia had died of typhus caught from a boarder staying in their home. After these events her atheist father forgot her Catholic mother’s ways and Skłodowska Curie became agnostic. But these experiences and obstacles did not prevent Skłodowska Curie from following and looking up to her sister Bronisława, whom she had previously followed to Flying University, and who had also led her to Paris after moving there herself. Curie also was influenced by her father at an early age when he brought home science equipment and instructed her as well as her siblings on how to use them.

Skłodowska Curie received a lengthy education at numerous schools including instruction in science from her father, the boarding school of J. Sikorska, a gymnasium for girls, Flying University, tutoring herself while she saved money, the University of Paris, and scientific training in her ...

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