Maria Skłodowska-Curie – do you know these facts from her life?

A. Ochman
Estimated reading time: 2 min

Maria Skłodowska-Curie is an interesting figure – science-loving and ready to sacrifice. Did you know that her biography is a must-read for children in Japan? She is also a famous figure in the world because of the Nobel Prize. Find out how well you know her fate.

She liked science even as a child

The passion for science aroused in young Maria her father, who was a teacher and dealt with technical sciences. As a 4-year-old, Skłodowska read her daddy’s books. Before moving to study in Paris, she studied in Poland in a secret institution intended for women.

In the Skłodowski family, not only Maria dreamed of studying. The Sorbonne was also dreamed of by her older sister Bronia. For economic reasons, it was not possible for both of them to move to Paris. So the sisters thought that the older one would go first, and Maria would support her financially from Poland at that time. The dedication to her sister postponed the realization of Skłodowska’s dreams about a scientific career.

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Dream France

The beginnings in Paris were difficult. Maria Skłodowska-Curie lived in unheated rooms and lived almost exclusively on tea and bread barely buttered. Sometimes she allowed herself to buy fruit, chocolate or meat. Unfortunately, the conditions in which she lived later translated into Maria’s health.

Maria Skłodowska-Curie awarded

Maria’s scientific effort was first recognized in 1903. She was then awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for research into the phenomenon of radioactivity. It would seem that after winning such an important award, a young scientist would buy something special that would remain a souvenir for years. But she didn’t even buy herself a new hat! Instead, she renovated the bathroom and papered the room. She gave the rest to her sister and friends in need.

You can read the entire story of Maria Skłodowska-Curie in the free e-book “Academy of Superheroes”. You can download it HERE


Agnieszka Ochman

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