A Turning Point in History: Marie Curie, a Pioneer of Modern Science?

Marie Curie once said, “Nothing in life is to be feared it is to be understood.”  Marie Curie was born with the birth name Maria Sklodowska in Warshaw, Poland on November 7th, 1867.  Curie is an exceptional woman; her accomplishments as one of the most successful scientists to have ever lived speak a great deal to her character. Curie is the first woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize , the only woman to win one in two fields, and moreover she is the only person to win the prize in multiple sciences (Chemistry and Physics).  I have lot of respect and admiration for Marie Curie as a young aspiring scientist. Marie’s persistence, dedication, and confidence allowed her to have a very prolific career.

Marie Curie was an exceptional woman. Curie’s persistence is a quality that can be seen throughout her entire life.  When I think of my many struggles I face throughout college and the number of hours I spend pulling all-nighters each week as a Pre-Med (far too many) I imagine how much worse Curie had it as a aspiring scientist during the 1890s. For example while she studying in university she lived in small apartment in Paris under harsh living conditions: cold winters, little food, and long work hours.  A normal day’s meal would consist only of an occasional egg, tea, and bread. Upon describing to others how she got through the hard times studying for university Curie advised, “Never let yourself be beat down or succumbed.” Curie was persistent in her constant battles against prejudice and sexism she faced as a female student, scientist, and first doctor of science. Due to her persistence she succeeded in her life pursuits. Though Curie may have been discouraged at times in her life she never gave up and was able to her prove all her scientific findings in radioactivity and magnetism right countless times.

 Another characteristic of Marie Curie that allowed her to be successful is her dedication.  Her dedication allowed her to achieve a degree in Physics and graduate first in her class in 1893 at University of Paris, despite being 1 of only 2 women enrolled out of a school of several thousand men.  Marie Curie’s dedication allowed her to discover the elements Radium (Radium has many uses: it glows in the dark and destroy cancers/tumors) and Polonium, outline a theory of radioactivity (a term she coined herself), isolate radioactive isotopes, and found the first radiological medical centers in France. Curie’s discovery of radioactivity paved the path to the discovery of atomic power, nuclear power, which is now used to provide many of our homes with electricity. This quote of Marie Curie’s exemplifies her dedication, “The progress is never swift or easy.”  Or in other words nothing is ever given to you it requires hard work.  Marie Curie was so dedicated to science that she gave most of her money to her pursuit of happiness her research.

Lastly, Curie’s confidence allowed her to cope with death of her husband and raise her two daughters.  Even with the occasional depression Marie Curie suffered she was able to carry on with her life. Marie Curie was never ever corrupted by her fame as a world-renowned scientist. Her confidence in herself and her children paid off; because her children also went on to win Nobel Peace Prizes in science.  Quite a remarkable accomplishment the Curie’s are very radioactive!  Marie Curie died when she was 67 to overexposure to radium.  Marie Curie made a big step in mankind by making advancement in women’s rights, radioactive theory, and advancing medicine. Here a cute little video about Marie Curie give it a go she is pritty much the closest thing to a radioactive superhero commonly seen in the movies, but in real life. Marie Curie is a “bad-ass”, she friggin’ awesome!

Tell me, who your favorite female scientist?

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