Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Marie Skłodowska Curie One of the 100 Women that has Influenced Me

She was born in Warsaw Poland study in Paris, where she obtained her higher degrees and conducted her subsequent scientific work. She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and Warsaw. Her husband Pierre Curie shared her Nobel prize in physics.

Her achievements include the creation of a theory of radioactivity, a term she coined, techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. Under her direction, the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms (cancers) using radioactive isotopes.

Madame Curie quotes I love

"Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas."

"...that humanity will draw more good than evil from new discoveries."

"I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. "

Here with here little one Eve and Irene

I think she did alright for her daughter Irène Joliot-Curie and son-in-law, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, also shared a Nobel prize. It says something to me that Irène would pursue a life in science as her mother did.

Here she stands with her Pierre

and this she noted of her state of self after his death, she became  "... an incurably and wretchedly lonely person".

More quotes by this most brilliant lady

"I was taught that the way of progress was neither swift nor easy."

"Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained."

"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."

"You cannot hope to build a better world without improving the individuals. To that end each of us must work for his own improvement, and at the same time share a general responsibility for all humanity, our particular duty being to aid those to whom we think we can be most useful."

She and I share this thought of our live's work: "Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I ought to stop working, live in the country and devote myself to gardening."

And this is my favorite thing she said: "Humanity certainly needs practical men, who get the most out of their work, and, without forgetting the general good, safeguard their own interests. But humanity also needs dreamers, for whom the disinterested development of an enterprise is so captivating that it becomes impossible for them to devote their care to their own material profit. Without the slightest doubt, these dreamers do not deserve wealth, because they do not desire it. Even so, a well-organised society should assure to such workers the efficient means of accomplishing their task, in a life freed from material care and freely consecrated to research."

My love my care,


  1. I feel that way about gardening too! thanks for the reminder--through Madame Curie, of course--to just go out there and do what one is compelled t do. Be well. ---LBV

  2. Madame Curie-a perfect pick- enjoying your choices. pgt

  3. Remarkable woman; remarkable life!

    Bisou, Cro.

  4. Very interesting post. Madame Curie was a brilliant woman, anyone with eyes could see that. However, the way you approached it with this blog post with the pictures and the quotes intertwined was really cool. I admire that. Write on, Simone, and keep coming up with cool posts.

  5. Great post..When I was 12 I read a book about te life of Madame Curie. I was amazed..still am!
    Remarkable woman!

  6. Beautiful and inspiring post, Simone.

    I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I hope you've been well.

    I knew I could come here and find a drum-beat. ;)

    - Corra

    from the desk of a historical fiction writer

  7. I've always been interested in this woman who seemed to have devoted her life to her career. You inspired me to search for further information on her family life, particularly about her daughter Eve. Fascinating to read that she became a concert pianist, war correspondent, author, special NATO adviser and an American citizen since 1956. As you say, Marie's career did not preclude success as a mother.

  8. "Sometimes my courage fails me and I think I ought to stop working, live in the country and devote myself to gardening."

    so true.
    would like to that with my dearest.

  9. Being of Polish descent, I am glad to read about ladies from that country getting the acknowledgements they should for their great achievements. She's outstanding! Although music and entertainment is important, our heroes should be people like Edison and Madame Curie. They're the true rock stars of the world. I love Greer Garson's portrayal of her in the movie "Madame Curie" with Walter Pidgeon. What a classic! Madame Curie's contributions will live on forever. I'm proud to be a Polish-American. Great post!!!