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Maria Salomea Skłodowska-Curie(1867-1934), better known as Marie Curie, was an eminent Polish scientist who lived and worked mainly in France. It became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize and the first person, man or woman, in win the Nobel twice (Physics and Chemistry). She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 she became the first woman to be buried on her own merits in the Pantheon in Paris.
His achievements include the development of the radioactivity theory (a term that she coined herself), techniques to isolate radioactive isotopes and the discovery of two elements, the polonium and the radius. He founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which are still the main medical research centers today. During World War I, he developed the first mobile radiography units to provide X-rays to field hospitals.
Marie Curie died in 1934 at age 66 of aplastic anemia, presumably as a result of the radiation exposure she suffered in the course of her scientific research and her radiological work in field hospitals during World War II. Due to such radioactive contamination, your documents are considered too dangerous to handle; even his cookbook is highly radioactive, his work is stored in boxes lined with lead and those who wish to consult them should wear protective clothing.
Famous quotes by Marie Curie
Nothing in this world should be feared ... just understood. Now is the time to understand more, so we can fear less.
First principle: never let yourself be struck down by people or events.
Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.
Throughout my life, the new visions of nature made me rejoice as a child.
The older you become, the more you feel you should enjoy the present; It is a precious gift, comparable to a state of grace.
You cannot expect to build a better world without improving people.
They taught me that the path of progress was neither quick nor easy.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
We must have perseverance and, above all, trust in ourselves.
You can only analyze the data you have. Be strategic about what to gather and how to store it.
It was like a new world open to me, the world of science, which finally allowed me to know freedom.
The best life is not the longest, but the richest in good deeds.
I am among those who think that science has great beauty.
In science, we should be interested in things, not people.
Each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all mankind.
A scientist in his laboratory is not a simple technician: he is also a child who faces natural phenomena that impress him as if they were fairy tales.
Life is not easy for any of us. We must have perseverance and, above all, trust in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this must be achieved.
Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I should stop working, live in the countryside and dedicate myself to gardening. But they keep me a thousand things, and I don't know when I can fix things differently. I also don't know if, even writing scientific books, I could live without the laboratory.
I have often been questioned, especially by women, about how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it hasn't been easy.
Stability can only be achieved through inactive matter.
I have the best husband that one can dream of; I could never have imagined finding one like him. He is a true gift from heaven, and the more we live together, the more we love each other.
I don't have dresses except the one I wear every day. If you're going to be so kind as to give me one, let it be practical and dark so I can put it on later to go to the lab.
After all, science is essentially international, and only for lack of historical meaning have national qualities been attributed to it.
I am one of those who think like the Nobel, that humanity will draw more good than bad from the new discoveries.
We must not forget that when the radio was discovered, nobody knew it would be useful in hospitals.
If it takes me a hundred years, it will be a shame, but I will not stop working while I live.
Just remember that you will find that special love that you know is right, but for some reason it just doesn't last.
There are sadistic scientists who rush to look for errors instead of establishing the truth.
The radio is not to enrich anyone. It is an element; It is for all people.
I fervently wish that some of you continue this scientific work and maintain in your ambition the determination to make a permanent contribution to science.
It's always good to marry your best friend.
When studying strongly radioactive substances, special precautions should be taken. Dust, room air and clothing become radioactive.
Humanity needs practical men who take full advantage of their work and who, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the selfless development of a company is so captivating that they find it impossible to dedicate their care to their own material benefit.
My husband and I are so closely united by our affection and our common work, that we spend most of our time together.
I will give up the little gold I own. To this I will add the scientific medals, which are useless to me. There is something else: out of sheer laziness I had allowed my second Nobel Prize money to stay in Stockholm in Swedish crowns. That is the main amount of what we own. I would like to bring it here and invest it in war loans. The state needs it. I just have no illusions: that money will probably be lost.