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Dec. 21, 1898: The Curies Discover Radium

Nobel Prize winners Marie and Pierre Curie discovered radium in 1898.

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❤ Pierre Curie (French: [kyʁi]; 15 May 1859 – 19 April 1906) was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Skłodowska Curie, and Henri Becquerel, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel".

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Antoine Henri Becquerel (15 December 1852 – 25 August 1908) was a French physicist, Nobel laureate, and the discoverer of radioactivity along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, for which all three won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934) Born in Poland, she moved to France in 1891. She is the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize (physics 1903). She received a second Nobel Prize in 1911, this time in chemistry. Marie and Pierre Curie isolated polonium and radium. She actively promoted the use of radium for medical purposes throughout her life.

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A coat peg was all you needed, P.E. shoes in a cloth bag hung from lower hook (no change of clothes, p.e.was always in your vest & knickers). No lunch boxes (all children ate school meals or went home for lunch). No massive backpacks everything you needed was kept at school in your desk or the classroom cupboard.

Pierre Curie… Pierre Curie, (Lecture on radium, Paris, c. 1900. photo by Henri Roger-Viollet.) via Russell Joslin

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Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie: A Tale of Love and Fallout: Amazon.de: Lauren Redniss: Fremdsprachige Bücher

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"I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy." -Marie Curie

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Pierre Curie (15 May 1859 – 19 April 1906) was a French physicist, a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity. In 1903 he received the Nobel Prize in Physics with his wife, Marie Salomea Skłodowska-Curie, and Henri Becquerel, "in recognition of the extraordinary services they have rendered by their joint researches on the radiation phenomena discovered by Professor Henri Becquerel".

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