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The new head of the National Center for Science Education promises to "fight the good fight" against attacks on...
Analyses of the H7N9 strains isolated from four new cases show that the virus is evolving rapidly, heightening anxiety...
In 2009, Jack Szostak shared a Nobel Prize for his part in discovering the role of telomeres, the end bits of...
Science has exposed a thriving academic black market in China involving shady agencies, corrupt scientists, and...
Paper-selling agencies flourish in the aura of reputable businesses. For some scientists, it may be difficult to tell...
Data collected by satellites and floating probes have chronicled a 2-decade rise in the temperature and thickness of a...
Cholesterol, the artery-clogging molecule that contributes to cardiovascular disease, has another nasty trick up its...
Until recently, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) kept its plans for its $70 million portion of the...
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9 November 1998 8:00 pm
Marie Curie, a French physicist famous for her research on radioactivity, was born on 7 November 1867. Madame Curie and her husband Pierre found that a mineral called pitchblende was far more radioactive than its uranium and thorium could account for; that led to their discovery of two more radioactive elements--polonium and radium--in 1898. They received the 1903 Nobel Prize in physics for this work.
After Pierre was killed in 1906, run over by a horse-drawn wagon, Marie took his position at the Sorbonne and became the first woman to teach there. In 1910 she isolated pure radium metal--which earned her a share of another Nobel Prize a year later. During World War I, she helped equip ambulances with x-ray machines and trained doctors on using the new technique. Marie Curie died of cancer in 1934.
[Source: Roy Porter, Ed., The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists (Oxford University Press, ed. 2, 1994).]