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Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In an easy to read style, with factual and cartoon style illustrations, Venezia introduces one of the of world's greatest scientists, a woman named Marie Curie, who even won two Nobel prizes at a time when women were not really that active in scientific fields. She discovered two new elements—polonium and radium, which were unique because they gave off invisible rays called radiation. Together with her husband Pierre, her research uncovered the reason why X-rays worked as well as the secrets of the atom. Even as a child Marie was clearly the brightest child in the family, unfortunately in Poland at that time women could not attend any university. Her only hope was to go to Paris, but money was an issue. Marie and her sister Bronya worked out an arrangement to help each other. Marie would work to help her sister go to medical school and then Bronya would work to help Marie achieve her dream of obtaining a college degree. She became the first woman to obtain a physics degree at the Sorbonne and she was first in her class. She met Pierre Curie whom she eventually married. Her goal was to obtain a PhD and to do that she had to purse some original work and she did. She discovered two new elements. Her life was not easy as her husband was killed in a freak accident and she was left with two daughters to raise while continuing her work. Her daughter Irene also became a scientist and worked with her mother. Marie felt the effects of radiation poisoning and died at the age of sixty-six. The closing page contains a glossary of the bolded words in the text and an index. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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