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Curie (Life & Times)by Sarah Dry
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Marie Curie made pioneering discoveries in the field of radioactivity and discovered two elements, Radium and Polonium, the latter having acquired new notority over one hundred years after Curie's discovery, when she named it in honour of her native Poland
Marie Curie (1867-1934) was not only the first woman to win the Nobel Prize — she won two. For many years the scientific establishment in Paris neglected her work, but in 1903, with her husband Pierre and Henri Becquerel, she won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their pioneering work in the field of radioactivity. Eight years later, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her discovery of Radium and Polonium. Sarah Dry offers a picture of a more dynamic and politically engaged Curie than the isolated genius of popular memory. This biography includes an essay by Sabine Seifert on the life of Marie Curie's little-recognized daughter and coworker, Irene Joliot-Curie, who was also awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1936.
This is one title in a series of short, illustrated biographies. They tell the stories of those who have shaped our present and our past, from Beethoven to Dietrich, from Einstein to Churchill and are suitable for students and the general reader.
Curie was not only the first woman to win a Nobel Prize she won it twice
Voted OUTSTANDING ACADEMIC TITLE 2003 by the editors of CHOICE: CURRENT REVIEWS FOR ACADEMIC LIBRARIES magazine in the category "History of Science & Technology"
About the Author
Sarah Dry won the Rona Jaffe prize for creative non-fiction at Harvard University and went on to study at the London Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine and to do post-graduate research at the University of Cambridge.
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