Marie Curie~Woman of Science By Ziyana nasser


Marie Curie. She put her life in danger just because she wanted to find a new element to add to the periodic table. She worked herself sick, even with two children. Meet Marie Curie, the one who discovered both radium and polonium.

Marie's family

Marie Curie was born on November 7, 1867, into a family of brainy people. She lived in Warsaw, Poland. Her father, Wladyslaw, was a scientist. Marie's mother, Bronislawa, was very well educated for a woman in the 1800s. Marie had many siblings, one of whom died when she was only 15. There were Zosia, Józef, Bronya, and Hela.

Marie and some of her family

Early Years

Marie was very much like her father, a scientist. She spent her first months of being able to crawl in her father's study, where scientific instruments of all kind were located. She was awestruck by all of the equipment, such as fine glass tubes. Everyone in the family knew that Marie would take after her father. When Marie was 10, Bronislawa became sick. She had come down with an incurable disease called contracted tuberculosis. A little while later, Zosia became sick with typhus. They both soon died.

The flag of Poland

Marie's schooling

At age 15, Marie graduated from secondary school and presented her father with a gold medal for being at the top of her class. He expected nothing less than that. Marie still had a thirst for knowledge, but she was not permitted to attend the men-only University of Warsaw. She began to study with the Floating University, a "university" that moved from house to house to avoid being caught, thus the name. Marie desperately wanted to study in "education heaven", A.K. A. France, and so did Bronya, one of her siblings. Marie said that she would support Bronya while she was in school, and that her sister would do the same for her. For about five years, Marie worked as a tutor and governess. During that time, she went to the "Museum of Industry and Agriculture", which was actually and illegal lab training for the Polish. After almost eight years, Marie could finally go to the Sorbonne and study in Paris. She was only twenty-four. In the year of 1893, Marie heard the final exam results, and she was in first place. She continued her studies and earned a degree in mathematical sciences.

Marie won many gold medals for academics

Marie~main accomplishments

Marie made many discoveries, but the two that stand out are the discovery of two elements and the winning of not one, but two, Nobel Peace prizes. Curie discovered radium and polonium, polonium named after her homeland: Poland. Her Nobel Peace prizes were won in two areas, physics and chemistry.

Marie discovered Polonium & Radium
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done.


Marie's goal was to prove that women can do many of the things that men can do. (She lived during a time where there were many "men only" or "no women allowed" signs). She definitely proved that goal with all of her accomplishments.


Marie's main influence was her father. She always had been interested in the work her father did and all of the materials he used. Her father loved science, and so did she. Marie might have been influenced by the fact that at the time in Poland, it was illegal for a woman to have a career in science.

Marie's father

Biopoem~Marie Curie


Determined, hardworking, smart

Wife of Pierre Curie, mother of Irene Joliot-Curie and Ève Denise Curie Labouisse

Who loved science and education

Who hated gender discrimination, publicity, and being pitied

Who feared that she would never get a good education, feared that she would not be able to isolate the element she was looking for

Who discovered radium and polonium, who received two Noble Peace prizes

Who wanted women to get degrees in science

Born in Warsaw, Poland and died in Passy


-Marie Curie timeline-

Important parts of her life

Nov. 7, 1867-Marie is born

1891-Marie heads to Paris to study

1894-Marie earns a 2nd degree in mathematical sciences

Spring 1894-Marie meets Pierre Curie, her future husband

July 1895-Marie & Pierre Curie get married

September 1897- Irène Curie is born

July 13, 1898-Marie discovers Polonium


December 20, 1897-Marie discovers Radium


1903-Marie wins a Nobel Prize for Physics (shared with Henry Becquerel)

1905-Ève Curie is born

April 1906- Pierre Curie dies

1911-Marie wins a Nobel Prize for Chemistry

November 1914- During World War 1, Marie helps wounded by sending X-ray machine

1925-Effects of exposure to Radium are found

1926-Irène marries Frèdèric Joliot.

July 4, 1934-Marie Curie dies. Her last words:

I want to be left in peace

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Created with images by Tekniska museet - "Marie Curie" • Science Activism - "088 Radium - Periodic Table of Elements" • Science Activism - "084 Polonium - Periodic Table of Elements"

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Created with images by Tekniska museet - "Marie Curie" • adam_gorka - "flag polish poland" • PDPics - "medal award gold" • Science Activism - "084 Polonium - Periodic Table of Elements" • Tekniska museet - "Marie Curie" • Science Activism - "088 Radium - Periodic Table of Elements" • Science Activism - "084 Polonium - Periodic Table of Elements" • Science Activism - "088 Radium - Periodic Table of Elements"

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