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Marie Curie, discoverer of Polonium and Actinium, and winner of two Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry, was one of the most influential women in science. Her studies into the properties of radium led to the invention of x-ray machines and radiotherapy. She dies of cancer due to the effects of her discoveries and was considered a martyr in her field. -Laura K. #OneBraveThing

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Maria Sklodowska Curie, Known by the French "Marie," spent every spare hour reading in the library or in the laboratory. The industrious student caught the eye of Pierre Curie, director one of the laboratories where Marie worked. Curie ardently wooed Marie and made several marriage proposals. They were finally married in 1895 and began their famous partnership. In 1898 they discovered polonium and radium.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934) Born in Poland, she moved to France in 1891. She is the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize (physics 1903). She received a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry. Marie and Pierre Curie isolated polonium and radium. She actively promoted the use of radium for medical purposes throughout her life.

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Marie Curie ~ "Marie Skłodowska-Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a French-Polish physicist and chemist famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes – in physics and chemistry. She was the first female professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris."

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Irène Joliot-Curie (12 September 1897 – 17 March 1956) was a French scientist, the daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie and the wife of Frédéric Joliot-Curie. Jointly with her husband, Joliot-Curie was awarded the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 1935 for their discovery of artificial radioactivity. This made the Curies the family with the most Nobel laureates to date. #scienceinfo #womeninscience

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from Brain Pickings

The 11 Best History Books of 2011

Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout. One of the best book i have ever read. Just beautiful.

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