Marie Curie: Radium Essay

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‘’Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” (Lewis, Jone Johnson). Marie Curie was always one step ahead of herself. She would always say, “Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas.” (Lewis, Jone Johnson). She wanted to find something no one else had found and make things no one would ever think about making. Marie Curie was the founder of Radium. Radium is the chemical element of atomic number 88. It is a rare radioactive metal of the alkaline earth series. It was formerly used as a source of radiation for radiotherapy (Bagley, Mary).
Marie Curie was born in Warsaw on November 7, 1867. She was the daughter of a secondary-school teacher.
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Together, the Curies found that two ores, chalcolite and pitchblende, were much more radioactive than pure uranium. She wanted to test these ores to see if they might contain undiscovered radioactive elements (Bagley, Mary). The Curies found that two of the chemical components were radioactive. One contained mostly bismuth and the other contained mostly barium, which was an undiscovered radioactive element. They named it polonium, after Maries country, Poland. At the end of the year they had isolated a second radioactive element, radium. In 1902, they announced the success of extracting purified radium (Bagley, Mary).
In June 1903, Marie Curie was the first woman in Europe to get a doctorate in physics. Both the Curies and Becquerel were named the winners of the Noble Prize in Physics. In 1911, she was awarded the Noble Prize in Chemistry for her discovery of polonium and radium. Her husband died that same year. Until 1914, Marie Curie continued her research in radioactivity, but then turned her studies to create a portable X-ray machine for doctors to use in World War I (Bagley, Mary).
All of the radioactivity exposure eventually took a toile on her body. She passed away on July 4, 1934, from asplasic anemia. Asplasic anemia is a blood disease that is often caused by too much exposure to radiation (Bagley, Mary). She was buried next to her husband.
Marie Curie never gave up. Even when things were hard, she would fight through them.
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