Marie Curie died in 1934, at 66, of leukemia, which was believed to have been caused by her prolonged exposure to radioactive material. [41] The Curies did not patent their discovery and benefited little from this increasingly profitable business. She did research on radioactivity. [74] She had carried test tubes containing radioactive isotopes in her pocket,[76] and she stored them in her desk drawer, remarking on the faint light that the substances gave off in the dark. While now, it is common knowledge of the noxious nature of radium and the affect radioactivity has on the human body. [49][64] These distractions from her scientific labours, and the attendant publicity, caused her much discomfort but provided resources for her work. [12] In addition to her Nobel Prizes, she has received numerous other honours and tributes; she is the subject of biographical works, where she is also known as Madame Curie. [24], Curie and her husband declined to go to Stockholm to receive the prize in person; they were too busy with their work, and Pierre Curie, who disliked public ceremonies, was feeling increasingly ill.[44][45] As Nobel laureates were required to deliver a lecture, the Curies finally undertook the trip in 1905. [80] She became the first woman to be honoured with interment in the Panthéon on her own merits. [20], When she was ten years old, Maria began attending the boarding school of J. Sikorska; next, she attended a gymnasium for girls, from which she graduated on 12 June 1883 with a gold medal. "[54] She was the first person to win or share two Nobel Prizes, and remains alone with Linus Pauling as Nobel laureates in two fields each. It seemed to contradict the principle of the conservation of energy and therefore forced a reconsideration of the foundations of physics. She died from overexposure to radiation, both from her experiments and from her work with X-ray machines. [51] It was only over half a century later, in 1962, that a doctoral student of Curie's, Marguerite Perey, became the first woman elected to membership in the Academy. [13] After a collapse, possibly due to depression,[14] she spent the following year in the countryside with relatives of her father, and the next year with her father in Warsaw, where she did some tutoring. Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences. [45] Following the award of the Nobel Prize, and galvanized by an offer from the University of Geneva, which offered Pierre Curie a position, the University of Paris gave him a professorship and the chair of physics, although the Curies still did not have a proper laboratory. [48] Nevertheless, in 1911 the French Academy of Sciences failed, by one[24] or two votes,[50] to elect her to membership in the Academy. See her signature, "M. Skłodowska Curie", in the infobox. [38] The Curies undertook the arduous task of separating out radium salt by differential crystallization. She returned to her laboratory only in December, after a break of about 14 months. Julius Mendes Price [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons from Wikimedia Commons If you studied science and in particular, radiology, then you know the story of Marie Curie (1867–1934) and her husband, Pierre (1859–1906). [49] In spite of all her humanitarian contributions to the French war effort, Curie never received any formal recognition of it from the French government.[56]. [24], In June 1903, supervised by Gabriel Lippmann, Curie was awarded her doctorate from the University of Paris. [49][62][c], In 1921, U.S. President Warren G. Harding received her at the White House to present her with the 1 gram of radium collected in the United States, and the First Lady praised her as an example of a professional achiever who was also a supportive wife. 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