In this week’s blog post we want to share with you an important and highly celebrated scientific figure, diving into her life and meaningful contributions to the world of science. Marie Curie’s work and scientific breakthroughs have served to inspire students and scientists alike all around the world; her work, knowledge, and discoveries continue to serve us everyday.
Marie Curie was born in Poland in 1867 during the cold month of November. Early on in her life, she showed interest in learning and eventually moved to Paris where she attended Sorbonne University in order to advance her education. During this time, Marie faced various obstacles as she navigated a particularly male dominated field pursuing a science education. Despite these challenges, Marie was determined in her pursuit; she studied mathematics and physics, earning a degree in both fields.
Marie Curie's most well known contribution to the science world was to do with radiation. She and her husband, Pierre Curie spent years studying uranium rays and labelled the term “radioactivity” in the year 1898. Marie and Pierre eventually also discovered two other elements known to be Polonium and Radium which are very radioactive. Their discoveries paved the way for a new domain of science.
Because of her groundbreaking work, Marie Curie was awarded two nobel prizes. She was the first woman to win a Nobel prize in the year of 1903 and equally merited the honour with her husband, Pierre Curie. Again in 1911, she won another nobel prize for her work in chemistry and research on the elements on radium and polonium.
Marie Curie’s work has proved to be highly valuable in the medical field. During the first world war, Marie and her daughter created radiographic systems which would become a big help in diagnosing the injuries of soldiers who fought on battlefields. Because of their invention, many lives were able to be saved as she was able to put her scientific knowledge to applicable use.
Marie Curie remains an inspiration and highly important figure in the realm of science. She was determined, curious, and passionate in her pursuit of science. These characteristics have served to be an inspiration to students and scientists all over the world. If there is one takeaway from this blog post it is to remember to always be curious in your pursuits; Share with us in the comments which scientific figures you find inspiring in the comments!