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Birth of Marie Curie

Posted in Anniversary, Medicine, Science on Wednesday, 27 October 2010

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Marie and Pierre Curie in their laboratory. Illustration by Peter Jackson

7 November marks the anniversary of the birth of Marie Curie in 1867. Born Manya Sklodowska in Warsaw, she moved to Paris at the age of 24 to obtain her higher education at the Sorbonne and begin scientific research. Married to Pierre Curie in 1895, the two rarely left the laboratory. Marie Curie was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and was the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes, one for physics and one for chemistry. She died in 1934, aged 66, from aplastic anemia, almost certainly caused by her long exposure to radiation.

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