The Incredible Woman Who Discovered Radiation

Posted on April 11, 2017 by Dr. Lynda

What must have it been like to be a woman with a great scientific mind in the early 20th century, a time when no women in Europe had ever been awarded doctoral degree?

Image: Man handling radiation in a special suit
Source: Pixabay

Marie Curie’s life story describes the kind of perseverance we can all call heroic. In a time in Poland when women were not allowed to go to universities, she became the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, the only woman to win in two fields, and the only person to win in multiple sciences.

She had a number of other pioneering observations about radioactivity, which changed the world so significantly that she must certainly qualify as a superhero of science. In fact, Marie Curie’s life demonstrates that extraordinary levels of curiosity could be one of the greatest superpowers.

Image: Madame Curie in her lab
Source: Cornell University Library // Flickr

And then there is the power of humor: let’s let the very factual but funny Hank Green, founder of the fabulous YouTube channel SciShow, tell the compelling story of Marie Curie’s life. 

Have some fun with this! Hank is a great story-teller.

(Fair warning: Hank is particularly cantankerous in this video and there are a few expletives that might be harsh for very youthful ears. No F-bombs though, and your kids won’t hear anything they haven’t heard on the playground or the school bus, much to our chagrin.)

Via: SciShow 1

Thanks again to SciShow, where they say, “We hate not knowing things!” Our sentiments exactly here at Ever Widening Circles (EWC).

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