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Happy Birthday Marie Curie, A Science Pioneer

by Erik Fogel | Nov 7, 2017 7:00:00 AM |

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"We must have perseverance and above all, confidence in ourselves." - Marie Curie

 

 

Marie Curie was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867. At an early age, Marie saw beauty in science. However, at that time, women were not allowed to enroll in universities in Poland, so Marie began her practical scientific training at an underground institute in Poland. And then at the age of 24, Marie immigrated to Paris, France where she pursued her formal graduate education in science.

 

Marie won two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the other in chemistry. She was the first woman to win a Novel Prize and the first person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Her work with radioactivity helped establish radiation therapy for treating tumors. In addition, she helped develop and operate mobile X-ray units during Word World I. Thus, her influence extended beyond the laboratory as she provided benefits to soldiers during the war.

Despite her academic brilliance, Marie was still not afforded the same recognition as a man. She was never admitted to the French Academy of Science. And she was almost denied her first Nobel Prize because she was a woman. But Marie not only persevered, she also paved the way for others. She helped found the Radium Institute which instructed other scientists, including her own daughter Irene. In fact, Irene later went on to also win a Nobel Prize for chemistry.

 

So if you are feeling a little shy and lack self-confidence, just remember Marie Curie and all that she accomplished. Joining your school's debate team will help get you out of your shell and help enrich your life in ways you cannot even imagine now. Networking with like-minded young women is a great way to start the rest of your life.

 

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