Marie Curie: Early Life
Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland in November 7, 1867. She was the daughter of a secondary school teacher and her father was a math and physics instructor. She went to general schools and obtained some training with science from her father. She was very smart and always curious about things. Unfortunately at the age of 10, she lost her mother due to tuberculosis.
Marie Curie: School Life
Marie Curie was the top student at her school. She dreamed of attending University of Warsaw but it was an all-men school. However, there were secret classes being held under gerund in Warsaw so she attended there. Both her and her sister dreamed of going abroad and earning a degree but they weren't financially stable. To make their dreams come true, Marie Curie made a deal with her sister to support her while she earns her degree and so that her sister can help Marie when she goes to earn her degree. Marie tutored and was a governess, she would study during any free time she received. In 1893, she was finally able to go to Paris to go to Sorbonne where she earned her Licenciateships in Physics and Mathematical sciences. She also earned her Doctor of a Science degree in 1903.
Marie Curie and Pierre Curie
Marie Curie received a commission to do a study in different types of steel and magnetic properties. She was in need of a lab so they introduced her to a French Physicist named Pierre Curie. A romance was created between them and they got married in 1895. They had a daughter named Irene in 1897.
Marie Curie: Discoveries
Marie Curie and her husband Pierre Curie were both fascinated by how uranium casts off rays. They were inspired by Henri Becquerel. Marie Curie started her own experiments with uranium. She discovered that the constant stays the same no matter what the condition. She called this radioactivity. Both Curie's together discovered a new element. They named it polonium. The Curie's later announced that they've created a decigram of pure radium.
Marie Curie: Nobel Prize
Mare Curie and her husband received a Nobel Prize with Henri Becquerel for their work on radioactivity in 1903. Even after they received the Nobel Prize, they had an international reputation for scientific efforts. They used their prize money to continue their research. The following year they had a daughter named Eve.
Marie Curie: After Discoveries
Unfortunately in 1906, Pierre Curie was killed by a horse drawn wagon. Despite her grief of her husband, she continued her research and took the job of her husband at Sorbonne as a professor and became the first woman professor at Sorbonne. Even after her husband died, she continued her research and later won two Nobel Prizes. During this time she worked with other scientists such as Albert Einstein and Max Planck to attend Solvay Congress in Physics.