Chemical Anniversaries: 1867 the birth of Marie Curie | Collins Secondary

Marie Curie is France’s most famous scientist and probably the most well-known female scientist in the world. Except she wasn’t French and Marie was not the name she given at her birth in 1867.

She was born Maria Sklodowska in Warsaw, now the capital of Poland, but Poland didn’t exist in 1867. The larger part of what is now Poland was occupied by the Russian Empire. Both Maria’s parents were teachers and came from the upper class in society although they had very little wealth.  Many Polish men had been killed in uprisings against the Russians so women had taken over many jobs and the…

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