“Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.”

–Marie Curie


Marie Skłodowska Curie (7 November 1867 – 4 July 1934) was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences, and was part of the Curie family legacy of five Nobel Prizes. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris, and in 1995 became the first woman to be entombed on her own merits in the Panthéon in Paris.



Marie Curie’s Life and Work

“Marie Curie is best known for the discovery of the element radium and for the physical property of radioactivity,” writes Chautauqua scholar Susan Marie Frontczak, who portrays Madame Curie for the 2017 Ohio Chautauqua tour. “However it is not so well known,” she continues, “that Marie Curie (neé Skłodowska) almost never made it into the laboratory.”

Read the entire essay here:

Women in Science:

Learn more about women in science! This Smithsonian article talks about the Wiki project that college student Emily Temple-Wood started to increase the presence of women scientists on Wikipedia. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-college-student-led-wikiproject-women-scientists-180958423/?utm_source=facebook.com&no-ist

To check out Emily’s WikiProject Women Scientists project and learn how to get involved, visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Women_scientists

More Women in Science!

Delve into the subject on one of my favorite girl-empowerment sites, A Mighty Girl:

  • For a fantastic new book about 50 trailblazing female scientists, we highly recommend the illustrated biography, “Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers,” for ages 9 and up at http://www.amightygirl.com/women-in-science
  • Adult readers will also appreciate “Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science – and The World,” at http://www.amightygirl.com/headstrong-52-women
  • For many books for children and teens about female scientists throughout history, check out the AMG blog post, “Science Is For Girls: 25 Books About Female Scientists” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=12445
  • You can also inspire your kids with fictional stories starring girls who love science with the recommendations in the post, “Ignite Her Curiosity: 25 Books Starring Science-Loving Mighty Girls,” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10940
  • And, if you’d like to encourage your own aspiring scientist, you can find many hands-on science toys and kits in the post, “Top 40 Science Toys for Mighty Girls,” at http://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=10528