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Marie Curie, The Wonder Woman

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In today’s world, where a lot of people link science with either engineering or medical, we shall know and give recognition to someone who played a crucial role in the sphere of radiation, physics and chemistry, Today’s story is about Marie Curie, the first female scientist to be awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, for her study on Radiation, in 1903. 

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Marie Curie was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. She was the daughter of a secondary school teacher, and although she received only a general education in local schools and some scientific training from her father, thus, to help other girls, she became involved in a Students’ Revolutionary Organization. The fact is not less known that she was a pioneer in the study of Radiation. Hence, it is not a surprise that when one thinks of the huge library of scientists, Marie Curie has a major place in the women’s section. She set the main grounds for this building of science to be made on it and develop.

Marie used to encourage the scientists in the laboratory, where she met Pierre Curie, a professor in the School of Physics in 1894, and married him in the following year. A major factor that strengthened their bond was ‘Physics’. She became Head of Physics Laboratory at the Sorbonne, gained her Doctor of Science degree in 1903 and later she took his place as Professor of General Science in the Faculty of Sciences. This was the first time a woman had held this position. This was the Eureka moment in her life. This position completely changed everything.

Being quiet, dignified and unassuming, she was held in high esteem and admiration by scientists throughout the world. She actively promoted the use of Radium to alleviate suffering during World War 1. Her biggest achievement was the discovery of two new elements, Radium and Polonium. Her work is recorded in numerous papers in scientific journals, and this importance and priceless contribution are reflected in the numerous awards bestowed on her. After 1903, she received a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in Chemistry, in recognition of her work in radioactivity. Lastly, President Harding of The United States, on behalf of the women of America, presented her with one gram of radium in recognition of her service to science.

Her many years of working with radioactive materials took a toll on her death. Marie Curie died on July 4, 1934, of aplastic anaemia, believed to be caused by prolonged exposure to radiation.

Her life and story is a great inspiration to all women everywhere in the world to grow, educate themselves and live independently. She has motivated women to make their lives great and she must be regarded as a role model in this era of feminism and women empowerment.

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