, Volume 400, Issue 6, pp 1547-1554
Date: 11 Mar 2011

Maria Skłodowska-Curie (1867–1934)—her life and discoveries

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Maria Skłodowska-Curie “Life is not easy for any of us. But so what? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted with something and that this thing must be achieved.”

Albert Einstein “Marie Curie is, of all the famous people, the one whom fame has not corrupted.”

Maria Skłodowska—her family and education

Maria Salomea Skłodowska was born in Warsaw, Poland, on 7 November 1867, the fifth and youngest child of well-known teachers Bronisława and Władysław Skłodowski. Maria’s older siblings were Zofia (born 1862), Józef (1863), Bronisława (1865), and Helena (1866). Maria’s grandfather Józef Skłodowski had been a respected teacher in Lublin [4]. Her father Władysław Skłodowski taught Mathematics and Physics, subjects that Maria was to pursue, and he also was the director of two Warsaw high schools for boys, in addition to lodging boys in the family home [28]. Her mother, Bronisława, operated a prestigious Warsaw boarding school for girls. ...

Published in the special issue Radioanalytics—Dedicated to Marie Skłodowska-Curie with Guest Editors Boguslaw Buszewski and Philippe Garrigues.