August 18, 2019

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.

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

Radium primary source set

Learning from the Source: Science Radium Romp primary source learning activities

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

Marie Curie & the Science of Radioactivity American Institute of Physics

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

A Tribute to Nobel Laureate Madame Marie Sklodowska-Curie 4 Corners of the World blog November 7, 2017


  1. Chad Davis says

    The girl is RADical 🙂

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