Europe during 19th century

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    Sience Reolution

    Europe became a birth place for many profession scientists with their inventions and discoveries. People pay more attention on science and wonder more about science facts rather than religious view.
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    Second Polish Revolution

    Poland’s rebellion against Russia defeated. Under a foreign country’s control, Polish followed Romanticism and Positivism. Romanticism was combination of modern Science and Classicism Also, many Polish emigrated to other nations.
  • Electrometer Invention

    1880: Pierre Curie and his older brother, Jacques, invented an electrometer which can measure extremely low electrical currents. This invention played an important role on Marie Curie's research later on.
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    Third French Republic

    France was controlled by third French Republic. It made several domestic reform, especially in the field of education. It paid more attention on University and their research, the government funded more money for scientific research which helped encourage scientists to devote their time for research.
  • Adolescent years

    Marie Curie started experiencing laboratory at the Museum of Industry and Agriculture in Warsaw. This period of time prepared her to do experiments in the lab.
  • Sorbonne University

    at the age of 24, Marie Curie came to Paris to enroll in Sorbonne. This is the place where she got to meet Pierre Curie and started doing her research
  • Marriage

    Marie Curie married Pierre Curie. This is one of the most important marriage in science history, the married couple helped each other do research and were awarded with the Nobel Prize as a result
  • X-ray discovery

    December 1895, a German physicist, Wilhelm Roentgen discovered X-rays while studying cathode rays. This is one of the most important discoveries in the 19th century and also the initial step for Marie Curie's research later on.
  • Uranium Radiation Discovery

    early 1896, a French physicist, Henri Becquerel reported that he found uranium radiation. This discovery was neglected by the science community but it appealed to Marie Curie
  • Research

    Marie Curie showed interest and started doing research on radiation after Becquerel's discovery. This is the research which led her to ultimate success later on.
  • Radiation study

    Stokes suggested that X-rays were pulses of radiation emitted when electrons, ejected from a cathode, hit a target.
  • Result

    The Curies published their work with the discovery of polonium and radium and received tremendous attention from other scientist. They successfully placed the new atoms in the periodic table
  • Achievement

    Henri Becquerel and both Curies were awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for their continuous radiation
  • Tragedy

    1906: Pierre Curie died due to a wagon accident and left Marie Curie alone with 2 young daughters. At this time Marie Curie had to face with many adversities
  • Outlier

    Marie Curie was awarded another Nobel Prize for Chemistry for her radioactivity theory. She became the first woman to receive this honor and the first person to be awarded twice. This is a remarkable event which distinguished Marie Curie as an outlier.