January 22, 2017

Primary Source Spotlight: Marie Curie

Mme Curie

Marie Curie was a brilliant and dedicated scientist who coined the term radioactivity. Her husband Pierre, also a scientist, was so excited about her research that he put his work on hold to help her make quicker progress on hers. In 1898 they discovered two new elements which they named polonium and radium. The Curies went won the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics (shared with Henri Becquerel whose work they had built on) and Marie won the 1911 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

The Life of Marie Curie: Biographer of Scientist Address Library Audience” Library of Congress Information Bulletin June 1998

Marie Curie: A Gift of Radium Inside Adams blog March 10, 2015

Marie Curie image set

Letter from Marie Curie to Alexander Graham Bell September 28, 1903

A New Chemical ElementNew-York Tribune (New York [N.Y.]), 17 Dec. 1899

Historical U.S. newspaper coverage through 1922

Radium primary source set

Learning from the Source: Science Radium Romp

Marie Curie & the Science of Radioactivity American Institute of Physics


  1. Chad Davis says:

    The girl is RADical 🙂

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