- I was born in Warsaw, Poland, on November 7, 1867. My parents were both teachers.
- In 1891, I enrolled at the Sorbonne in Paris, France. By 1894, I had received my degrees in physics and in mathematics.
- I was the first woman to have been awarded a Ph.D. by the Sorbonne.
- While I was in Paris, I met my husband. My husband and I had two daughters: Irene, and Eve.
- My husband and I, with Henri Becquerel, were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1903. I was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in physics.
- After my husband died in 1906, I became the first female professor at the Sorbonne.
- I was awarded my second Nobel Prize in 1911, because of my husband’s and my discovery of the elements of radium and polonium. My husband and I had named the element of polonium after my native country of Poland. I was now the only woman to have won two Nobel Prizes, one each in separate scientific fields.
- Since I did a lot of my research on the element of radium, I was also exposed to a lot to radium through my research. As a result of my exposure to radium, it was believed that was how I became ill with aplastic anemia. I died of that condition on July 4, 1934.
- My husband and I are both interred in the Pantheon in Paris, France. This honor is the source of another first for me, because I am the first and only woman to be buried there.
WHO AM I?
I am Maria Sklodowska. Perhaps, I am better known as Marie Curie.
SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Marie Curie. (2014). The Biography.com website. Retrieved 11:42, June 6, 2014, from http://www.biography.com/people/marie-curie-9263538.