Celebrating Madame Curie's discoveries
February 18th, 2011
07:02 PM ET

Celebrating Madame Curie's discoveries

One of the most famous female scientists, Marie Curie had tremendous influence on our understanding of radioactivity. This year is the 100th anniversary of her Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Curie's accomplishments were celebrated Friday at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting in Washington.

Here are some things you might not know about Curie:

* Her name at birth was Maria Sklodowska.
* When studying X-rays was the cool thing to do, Curie turned her attention to Becquerel rays, which are emitted from uranium.
* Curie's quest to find other elements that would emit these rays led her to discover the element polonium.
* Polonium was named after Marie Curie's birth country of Poland.
* Curie published a paper about the discovery of polonium, even though she wouldn't have been able to measure its atomic weight with the materials she had.
* She discovered radium in 1898.
* Her husband, Pierre Curie, refused to accept the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1903 unless Marie could be included - and then she was.
* The Curies could not attend the Nobel ceremony in 1903 because of poor health; they had been working in a laboratory with deplorable conditions.
* Marie Curie replaced her husband as professor of physics at the Sorbonne in 1906, after he was killed by a horse-drawn wagon.
* In 1911, she won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, becoming the first person to win a Nobel Prize in two categories.

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  1. Haywood Jablowme

    And what did she die of? Oh, yeah, radiation poisoning.

    February 18, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muttling

      You know nothing of history. She died in a vehicle accident. She was hit by a horse drawn buggy as she crossed the street and died from her injuries.

      February 19, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • stewey

      Aplastic anemia.

      February 19, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Glem Pashni

    But bless her soul for discovering radium!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Haywood Jablowme

    Sure, because it's been such a boon to humanity!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Glem Pashni

    Had this beautiful person not put her life on the line to understand it, human knowledge would be reduced.

    But bless you to heaven, my little pup!

    February 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    Yes, and bless all pups and kittens throughout the world.

    February 19, 2011 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Bless everyone who reads this, including my friend, raven.

    February 19, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. raven

    Hi Cesar! and Glem...good to see you wishin your good will to everyone . With you around Ill NEVER be able ta count my blessings !

    February 19, 2011 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  8. Cesar

    @raven, I hope Glem Pashni stays to post for ever. Such a relief from the trolls and negatives and people who insult and insult. TGIF. I went to nap @ 5PM and well, just now woke up. Gonna go back to sleep in awhile I guess. If I don't here from you, pleasant dreams.

    February 19, 2011 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    @raven, watch the heart of this necklace as it swings back and forth, back and forth. You are getting sleepy... Your eyes are becoming heavy. At the count of three, you will fall asleep ..1....2....3.zzzzzz. zzzzzzz

    February 19, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. banasy

    @Glem Pashni:
    I'm not sure how to feel about this...Haywood is clearly a smart@zz, but your statement that without her, human knowledge would be reduced...But with her, human *population* has been greatly reduced. Surely you, with you peaceful outlook, would think this is a not a *good* thing?

    I realize there's a lot of pros and cons about this subject, that's why I'm not sure about this subject. Just saying.

    February 19, 2011 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    I agree with banasy. And yes, sometimes I'm uncertain too, but good news reports and other peoples' opinions are always good to listen to.....@banasy, hi.

    February 19, 2011 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @Cesar: hi, darlin'!

    February 19, 2011 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  13. Veritas

    Hi cesar, banasy, glem and raven. i am homebound so i really enjoy reading your comments. Thanks for a nice combination of insight and laughter

    February 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy

    Sorry that you're homebound, Veritas. We *are* a motley crew, aren't we? 🙂

    February 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cesar

    The Curies truly were a very accomplished couple. @banasy, verits, & raven, hi. Get well soon Veritas, spring is around the corner.

    February 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
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