Curie was born on November 7th 1867. She was born in Warsaw, Poland
with a birth name of Marya Sklodowska. She was the youngest of five children
and her family called her Manya. Manya had five siblings including her and they
are; Zofia the oldest, Helena being the second youngest, Marya being the
youngest, Jozef who is the second oldest, and Bronistawa who is the middle
child, but he is nicknamed Bronya. Marya’s father taught Physics and
Mathematics in a high school, but he did not get paid much and he lost most of
his savings in bad investments. In addition to that, Marya’s mother had
tuberculosis and did not kiss her kids. Unfortunately, when Marya was eight,
Zofia died of Typhus Fever and two years later Marya’s mother died of
tuberculosis. But Marya was interested in scientific things. Girls were not
allowed in universities so she was a tutor and a governess to make enough money
to go a university in Paris.
At age 15, Marya finished high school being the top of her class and she
received a medal for it. In 1884 she came back to Warsaw
and began teaching and then Marya went to Floating University
where kids met illegally. In 1891 Marya started Sorbonne a university in Paris. She lived with her
sister Bronya and Bronya’s husband but Marya moved to a cheaper apartment
that is closer to Sorbonne and she changed her name to Marie to fit in better.
She worked long hours in the school library so Marie would not have to heat her
apartment. Buying and cooking food seemed like a waste of time to Marie so her
meals were often bread and butter, radishes, and tea but once she fainted from
hunger. In 1893, Marie earned a master’s degree in Physics.
Unfortunately, she wanted a master’s degree in Mathematics but Marie just
could not afford it. What must have cheered Marie up was that she was asked by
an organization to take a job studying the magnetism of various types of steel.
Of course she said yes, I mean she needed the money. Later on, a friend
introduced Marie to Pierre Curie who was a teacher and head of the lab at the school of Industrial Physics
and Chemistry in Paris.
already famous for his work with crystals and magnets but he was attracted to
Marie. Soon after Marie met Pierre, and he asked her to be his wife but she did
not answer. Marie finished her master’s degree in Mathematics and went to
Warsaw for the holiday but, Pierre
wrote her many love letters so Marie went back to France. On July 26 1895 Marie and
Pierre were married. In 1896, Marie had her first daughter Irene. But, in
December 1904 when Irene was eight, Marie had her second daughter and named her
Eve. In 1906 the whole family spent a wonderful weekend together. A few days
later, they were home and Pierre
was running errand on the rain soaked street, and he went to cross the street
and fell in front of a horse drawn wagon. The horse’s hooves missed Pierre and the wheels came
down. The rear wheels crushed Pierre’s
skull and Pierre
had died. Marie had rarely mentioned Pierre’s
name to Irene or Eve. Out of it all, Marie had a very interesting life.
Numerous people think Marie is only
famous for her work with radioactivity but they are wrong. Marie is famous for
her work with radioactivity, but she is famous for much more too. The main
reason why Marie is famous is because of her work with Radioactivity. In
addition to that, she named two new elements called radium and polonium. Marie
became so famous that radium is being used to stop cancer cells from growing
inside patients with cancer which they named Curie Therapy. One thing Marie is
famous for is for bringing x-rays to battlefields to see bullets inside
soldiers which made an impact on a lot of people. Marie and Pierre Curie became
so famous that doctors named a new unit Curie. One big reason Marie is famous
is because she won two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and one in chemistry. Marie
studied uranium rays and found that pitchblende rocks give off uranium rays.
She found that elements like thorium give off rays. Marie reported the weight
of one radium atom which must have been exciting for scientists. The last
reason why Marie is famous is that in Paris
they would make the Radium Institute and Marie would supervise a part to be
called Curie Pavilion. Well, Marie is famous for a lot of things.
One thing that is great about Marie is that
she has made an impact on tons of people’s lives. One thing she did was
let scientists understand the atom and its parts. Marie made x-rays during
World War 1 and she brought the x-ray equipment to almost every battlefield.
Lastly, Marie made discoveries in the field of radiation and helped with making
medicine. If Marie was alive right know I do not know about the people of the
world but I would thank her for everything she has done for us.
There are a couple of remarkable and
admirable things about Marie’s life. One thing that I find remarkable
about her is that she won two Nobel Prizes. I find it remarkable because famous
people that I have heard of have only won one Nobel Prize not two. Another
thing that I find remarkable is that her invention helped doctors create Curie
Therapy. I do not know why but it is just remarkable to me. Lastly, I find it
admirable that Marie took care of her two children without a husband and still
continued with her job. I find that admirable because I could not even do that
myself. Those things are just amazing to me.
Last but not least, there are a couple
of lessons you can learn from Marie. One great lesson you can learn from almost
anyone is that hard work equals success. Another great lesson you can learn
from her is that when you want something do not give up hope, Marie did not. So
out of all, Marie is an unbelievably
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