In 1898 Marie and her husband Pierre isolated an element they called polonium (after Poland). However they realized there was another element in pitchblende. Finally in 1902 they isolated radium. In 1903 Marie and Pierre Curie were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics along with Henri Becquerel. Winning the prize brought them fame.
Unfortunately the Pierre and Marie Curie did not realize that exposure to radiation was harming their health. Nevertheless in 1904 Marie Curie had a daughter called Eve.
So Maria worked as a governess until 1891 when she began studying at Sorbonne University in Paris. (Since she was living in France Maria started calling herself by the French version of her name, Marie).
Marie was born in Warsaw, the Russian section of Poland, now recognized as “the Vistula territory.” “Russians were replaced by Poles in all offices.”(Giroud 8) This would have an extreme impact to how Marie and her siblings...
Unfortunately in 1905 Pierre was killed by a horse-drawn vehicle. However after his death Marie was offered his post as Professor of Physics at Sorbonne University. In 1911 Marie Curie was given the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.
Being a divine ruler, they thought that Louis XVI should have taken better care of them since he was supposedly “chosen by God” and they looked down on Marie Antoinette for less significant reasons because she was foreign.
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Even as she reached the pinnacle of fame for her work, tragedy and money troubles continued to plague her. Her husband Pierre, with whom she collaborated, died young in a tragic accident. She never overcame the deep sorrow of his loss. Within months of winning her second Nobel Prize she would unwisely (but patriotically) invest the prize money into World War I French war bonds. These would lose effectively all of their value and keep her struggling financially for many years. During the war she and her daughter would create a system of mobile radiological services to help battlefield surgeons. After the war, her work ethic never flagged. She was always the first to arrive at her lab in the morning and the last to leave at night. In Marie Curie we see a brilliant example of the amazing achievements that are possible from curiosity, drive, and a passion to learn.
Her daughter Irene would continue her family’s work on radioactivity to win the 1935 Nobel Prize, becoming only the second woman ever to win a Nobel Prize, following in her mother’s footsteps. But the most interesting thing about Marie Curie is not her achievements, but the hard and circuitous path she had to take. This week’s “Trends and Tail Risks” examines the life of Marie Curie to see what we can learn from her life about the science of investing.
History is filled with fascinating people. The most interesting of these, to me, are those who strove hard, refused to quit, and always kept learning. These people are my inspiration – not because their success came easy but because by sheer force of will and dedication they overcame challenges to earn a place in history. Marie Curie was one of these people. Marie Curie discovered two elements, Polonium and Radium, to earn not one but two Nobel Prizes – in two different fields (Physics in 1903 and Chemistry in 1911). She is one of only two people in the entire history of the Nobel Prize to do so.
A citation from The Graduate Student Cookbook described Marie Curie: Overachiever who cooked, cleaned, discovered radium, and raised a Nobel Prize-winning daughter, but who never forgot how to make a good pierogi." Her many accomplishments were not only astonishing for her time but have yet to be equaled in our time.
Despite the work of other great scientists, namely Antoine Becquerel, Marie Curie proved to be the greatest scientist in European history by earning many awards, becoming the first female scientist, and assisting in the discovery of the X- Ray....