Born as Maria Sklodowska on the 7th November 1867 in Warsaw, Poland Marie was immediately hooked with a love for science and desperately wanted to go to university. But back then Polish women were not allowed to go to university and study science.
At a young age, her mother died and her farther could no longer support her so the only option was to become a Governess. Reading and studying in her valuable spare time was her only access to science. Even though she now had a job Marie loved science just as much but her dream of becoming a scientist seemed like an impossible hope.
However, in 1891 her sister opened a new door for Marie and gave her the chance to live in Paris meaning she could possibly for fill her lifetime dream of going to university and to finally study science. Marie soon enrolled in the Sorbonne University in Paris where she spent every living, breathing moment studying physics and maths- she discovered that she had a constant appetite for learning.
Three years later in 1894 she met Pierre Currie- a scientist who worked in the city- who she married a year after.
Marie and Pierre then began their research in the school of chemistry and physics in Paris. They then began to develop their discoveries on the invisible rays given off by uranium – which had recently been discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel. She eventually discovered an element, which she named Radio Activity. This mysterious element has being used all around you some good some bad. For example: Cancer treatment and X rays. Unfortunately radioactivity was also behind the WWII Japanese bombs.
After winning 6 international awards including the Nobel Prize for physics and maths and helping injured soldiers of WWI on the frontline. Mari sadly passed away due to the lifetime exposure of Radioactivity. Her work is still cherished today and is constantly saving lives.
“Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood” Marie Curie