Tuesday, November 9, 2010


"Marie Curie is, of all celebrated beings,
the one whom fame has not corrupted
Albert Einstein


'Marie Curie'

Jane Lapotaire

From Wikipedia:
Marie Sklodowska Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish-born French physicist and chemist famous for her work on radioactivity. She was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity and the first person honored with two Nobel Prizes—in physics and chemistry. She was also the first female professor at the University of Paris.

She was born Maria Sklodowska in Warsaw (then in Vistula Land, Russian Empire; now in Poland) and lived there until she was twenty-four. In 1891 she followed her older sister Bronislawa to study in Paris, where she obtained her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw. Her husband Pierre Curie shared her Nobel prize in physics. Her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and son-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, also shared a Nobel prize. She was the sole winner of the 1911 Nobel Prize for Chemistry. Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, and she is the only woman to win the award in two different fields.

Her achievements include the creation of a theory of radioactivity (a term she coined), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms (cancers) using radioactive isotopes.

While an actively loyal French citizen, she never lost her sense of Polish identity. She named the first new chemical element that she discovered polonium (1898) for her native country, and in 1932 she founded a Radium Institute (now the Maria Sklodowska–Curie Institute of Oncology) in her home town, Warsaw, headed by her physician sister Bronislawa.


'Icons Of Science'

Others who have portrayed Madame Curie in the various dimensions of Toobworld:

"Muchachada nui"
- Episode #2.11 (2008) Played by Joaquín Reyes

"Clone High U.S.A." Played by Nicole Sullivan

"Sabrina, the Teenage Witch"
- Aging, Not So Gracefully (1999) Played by Pamela Dillman

Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye (1997) (TV) Played by Kate Trotter

"A.J.'s Time Travelers"
- Marie Curie (1995) Played by Edie McClurg

"Oi" (1993) Played by Alison James

"Marie Curie, une femme honorable" (1991) Played by Marie-Christine Barrault (as Marie Curie née Sklodowska)

"Race for the Bomb" (1987) TV series Played by Huguette Faget

Irène et Fred (1984) (TV) Played by Maria Meriko

"Einstein" Played by Anny Romand

Marie Curie's birthday was on Sunday, but I thought it best to honor her with the "Two For Tuesday" spotlight. (We paid tribute to her husband yesterday, on the 115th anniversary of the discovery of X-Rays.)

This post is dedicated to the two Polish girls in my life, Gosia and Madzia.....



Paul D. Brazill said...

I used to live on the street where she was born.Above a pizza place.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you Toby!...Madzia