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Marie Curie: The Radium Woman!

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This title is a part of the series Science Gossip! Series: Famous Scientists' Private Lives

Catalogue Number:  FI0039
Producer:  Film Ideas
Subject:  History, Science, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  6 - 8, 9 - 12
Country Of Origin:  United States
Copyright Year:  2014
Running Time:  7:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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In 1867 Alfred Nobel patented dynamite and used his wealth to create the annual Nobel prize fund.  That same year, Marie Sklodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, and she later became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. Because women could not attend the University of Warsaw, she attended classes in a secret Warsaw "floating university". Later she enrolled in science at the Sorbonne in Paris. There physicist Pierre Curie offered her a job in his small lab, and they eventually married. 

Henri Becquerel's discovery that some minerals emitted spontaneous radiation led Marie to experiment with radioactive pitchblende. The Curies discovered a new element, radioactive polonium, and Marie also isolated radium.  They won the Nobel Prize for their research in radioactivity, and Marie later won a second Nobel Prize for the discovery of polonium and radium.  Marie's years of exposure to radiation led to her death of cancer in 1934.   

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