Marie Curi1 - Marie Curie (1867-1934) was one of the most...

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and she was one of the most influential scientistsa of the 20th century. Curie postulated that radiation was an atomic property, a discovery that has led to significant scientific developments since. She was also the first person to use the term "radioactivity." Her perseverance led to the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. This combination of creativity and perseverance netted her two Nobel Prizes, one in physics and the second in chemistry. Maria Sklodowska, was born in Warsaw, Poland on November 7, 1867, the daughter of a secondary- school teacher. She received a general education in local schools and some scientific training from her father. She became involved in a students’ revolutionary organization and found it prudent to leave Warsaw, the in the part of Poland dominated by Russia, for Cracow, which at that time was under Austrian rule. Her family valued education, and so she began her education early. She possessed a remarkable memory. She graduated from secondary school when she was sixteen at the top of her class, receiving a gold medal for her work. Unfortunately her father made some bad investments and she had to go to work at a young age as a put her sister, Bronia, through school with the agreement that Bronia would return the favor- and she did. In 1891 at the age of 24, Sklodowska went to Paris to continue her studies at the Sorbonne where she obtained Licenciateships in Physics and the Mathematical Sciences. In early 1893 she graduated first in
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This note was uploaded on 05/18/2008 for the course CHEM 1351 taught by Professor Theriotl during the Fall '08 term at North Texas.

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