Marie Curie: The Woman Who Changed the Course of Science

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Marie Curie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes for science, and her work still influences our understanding of physics, medicine, and chemistry.

Born Marja Skodowska in Poland in 1867, she studied in Paris, France, where she changed her name to Marie. In 1895, she married Pierre Curie, and the couple's pioneering work on the invisible radiation given off by uranium lead to the discovery of radioactivity. Marie Curie later discovered the elements radium and ...

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Overview

Marie Curie was the first person to receive two Nobel Prizes for science, and her work still influences our understanding of physics, medicine, and chemistry.

Born Marja Skodowska in Poland in 1867, she studied in Paris, France, where she changed her name to Marie. In 1895, she married Pierre Curie, and the couple's pioneering work on the invisible radiation given off by uranium lead to the discovery of radioactivity. Marie Curie later discovered the elements radium and polonium. She died in 1934, following extensive exposure to radioactivity.

This lively and engaging biography brings the reader into Marie Curie's world through personal diaries, school reports, family photos, and revealing quotations.

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This biography of Marie Curie will be a welcome addition to biographies for middle school readers. The book contains four sections. The first part covers Marie's childhood in Warsaw and the death of her mother and sister, and the second, her young adult years as a governess and a university student studying physics. The third part covers her adult years, including her science partnership and marriage to Pierre Curie, winning a Nobel Prize, and the birth of her two daughters. The book concludes with the years after the death of Pierre, when Marie won a second Nobel Prize but was asked not to attend the ceremony because of her love affair with a married man. The account ends with her death. This short book is written in a clear, readable style, detailing events of Marie's life that will be of interest to teen readers. Every page has pictures with captions and each two-page spread provides a short sidebar with interesting information about topics such as glow-in-the-dark rocks, measuring radioactivity, making shoes, and tuberculosis. A very clear time line runs at the bottom of the pages, highlighting dates in Marie's life along with important happenings and inventions in the world. Each section contains a two-page spread of further information, including a brief history of Poland, science discoveries during Marie's life, radioactivity, and old advertisements for radium products. It will be an excellent and accessible resource for libraries. Readers will find the prose engaging and Marie's story interesting and inspiring. VOYA CODES: 5Q 3P M J (Hard to imagine it being any better written; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to9). 2006, National Geographic, 64p.; Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Maps. Biblio. Chronology., Ages 11 to 15.
—Cindy Faughnan
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Forgive me if I refer to Marie Curie as Madame Curie. When I was growing up, in school she was always referred to as Madame Curie, so I never referred to her as anything other then Madame Curie. In fact, I am not even sure that I knew her first name. All I knew was that she was a great scientist. Steele has given us highlights of her youth in Poland, her struggles to obtain an education, her accomplishments, and her contribution to science. I believe that every young girl who is interested in or has ability in the scientific area should read this book. The struggles that she had to overcome were monumental. In her time, girls generally did not attend universities and any work they produced was overlooked—or it was assumed that a man did most of the work. A remarkable book about a remarkable life. 2006, National Geographic Society, Ages 8 to 12.
—Leila Toledo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792253884
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/14/2006
  • Series: NG World History Biographies Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.09 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Children's writer Philip Steele has written biographies of Ho Chi Minh, Jesse Owens, and Rosa Parks. He lives in Beaumaris, Wales.

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