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Marie Curie. 1867 - 1934. By Kaja Letowska. Quick facts. Marie Curie (Maria Salomea Skłodowska) was born on the 7 th November 1867 and died on the 4 th of July, 1934. She lived in Poland and in France through her life. She travelled a lot too. She worked in physics and chemistry.

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marie curie

Marie Curie

1867 - 1934

By Kaja Letowska

quick facts
Quick facts
  • Marie Curie (Maria Salomea Skłodowska) was born on the 7th November 1867 and died on the 4th of July, 1934.
  • She lived in Poland and in France through her life. She travelled a lot too.
  • She worked in physics and chemistry.
  • She got awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics.
  • However, she refused to collect it personally.
  • She and her husband Pierre said they didn’t like the crowds of people and were too busy with their work.
early years
Early Years
  • Marie Curie, or Maria Salomea Skłodowska, was born in Warsaw, Poland on the 7th of November, 1867.
  • She had four older siblings- Zofia, Józef, Bronisława and Helena.
  • When Maria was ten, she attended boarding school.
  • Later she was learning in a gymnasium and got a gold medal for graduating.
  • Because of depression, she then moved to the countryside with her father’s relatives.

This is the hospital where Marie was born now days- beside it is the ‘Marie Curie’ museum. It stands on ulica Freta in Warsaw.

  • In 1891 Maria left Poland and set out to live in Paris, France.
  • In Paris, she stayed with her sister until she got an apartment beside a university she wanted to attend.
  • She studied physics in the university.
  • In 1983 she was rewarded a degree in physics and went to study in a laboratory.
pierre curie
Pierre Curie
  • Pierre Curie was a scientist that worked on the same subject as Marie.
  • They were working for a year in the same laboratory.
  • After that year Pierre proposed and Maria Skłodowska became Marie Curie.
  • They both loved long bicycle trips and journeys abroad which brought them even closer.
  • In 1897 they had a daughter called Irene.

Pierre, Irene and Marie Curie. 

  • Marie took great interest in x-rays. She began to study them.
  • X-rays were very weak and not understood- Marie changed that.
  • She made the word ‘radioactivity’ to describe how they work.
  • Pierre wanted to join Marie to help her in her studies.
  • He left his important

work on crystals so they

can work on the same


final days
Final Days
  • Marie visited Poland for the last time in 1934.
  • A few months later, in July 1934 she died.
  • She was exposed to too much

radiation from her studies.

  • She carried test tubes with chemicals

in her pockets and in her drawers.

  • No-one knew that you need special

equipment so you don’t get too

much radiation.

Statue of Marie Curie in Warsaw, Poland. It faces the Radium Institute she established in 1932. 