Marie Curie

Posted: February 23, 2010 by INC in biography, Schoolwork
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We are finding out about Marie Curie’s life and writing short biographies.

Pupils can post their versions in the comments boxes below, leaving their first name and initial of their surname, plus their age and school year like this:

JoeB aged 12 Year 7.

If visitors would like to make constructive comments, we would be very pleased.

  1. evelinasec says:

    MARIE CURIE (1867-1934)

    Marie Curie was an important scientist known for her discoveries in the field of radiation.
    Although Polish, she studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris becoming the first female professor.
    She discovered that pitchblende ( the ore from which uranium is extracted) is a thousand times more radioactive than the uranium itself.
    In 1903 she won the Nobel Prize jointly with her husband Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel for their discovery of radioactivity. In 1911 Marie won the Nobel Prize herself for her discovery of the elements Polonium (named after her native Poland) and Radium, becoming the first scientist to win two prizes.
    Sadly no-one was aware of how deadly radiation is, and Marie Curie died in 1934 of a rare blood disease caused by radiation poisoning.

    Elaine B

  2. evelinasec says:

    Marie Curie (1867-1934)
    Marie Curie was born Marya Sklodowska in Warsaw, Poland’s capital.
    Her mother was the headmistress of a girls’ school. Under the Russian Empire Marie was not allowed to attend university in Poland, so she travelled to France and studied physics at Sorbonne University.
    She married Pierre Curie. With her husband she worked on radioactive substances. She was the first female professor at the Sorbonne.
    Pierre and Marie Curie won the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903.
    Pierre died on a road accident in1906. In 1911 she won the second Nobel Prize
    In 1934 she died of a dangerous blood poisoning caused by radioactivity aged 67.
    Kelvin 12 yr8

  3. evelinasec says:

    Well done Elaine and Kelvin! And thank-you both.

  4. Aleunam says:

    Dear Kelvin,

    I was very interested to read your blog. I am proud that one of my students has reminded me that Marie Curie was Polish – Do you know, I bet you that many people think that she was French.

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